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Councilman indicted on child porn counts

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A Pleasant Plain, Ohio councilman has been indicted on child pornography charges.

Nicholas Smith was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on charges of distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. If convicted, he face a maximum of 30 years in prison.

According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court, a search warrant was executed on June 17 Smith's home.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received information from Yahoo! that a user uploaded 134 files, some of which depicted child pornography, on March 26, 2013. A subpoena was issued to Yahoo for information on the user, which led investigators to Smith.

While the warrant was being served, Smith confessed to the distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography, stating he saved and uploaded images on his computer. He admitted to uploading the photos to a Flickr account and then deleting the images. He said he would view images on various websites and exchange the images with persons on Yahoo! Messenger.

Smith, 26, also owns a landscaping business in Pleasant Plain and is a volunteer firefighter.

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