By Frank Lewis
A joint operation involving the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office and agents from the Attorney General’s Crimes Against Children unit, which is a division of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, has resulted in the arrest of a Lucasville man on multiple charges of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.
Arrested was Chad Stump, 30, of Lucasville. Stump has been charged with five counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, which are felonies of the 2nd degree.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said his detectives, along with state agents worked jointly on this case along with the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation led to a search warrant being filed and executed on Thursday, at a residence on Inskeep Road in Lucasville.
“Crimes against children are among the worst crimes that we investigate, which is why we are very aggressive in combating these types of crimes,” Donini said. “This case remains under investigation, and more charges will be presented to the Scioto County grand jury on a later date.”
Stump is being held on a $100,000 bond and will appear in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Friday morning.
“Those who share child pornography victimize the children in the images over and over again each time a picture is viewed or a video is watched,” Attorney General Mike DeWine said. “Law enforcement agencies in Ohio work each and every day to identify those responsible for spreading child pornography, and I created the Crimes Against Children Unit so that the state can assist local agencies in stopping the victimization.”
Donini said anyone with any information concerning this case is being requested to contact Detective Jodi Conkel at the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office at 740-351-1091. All calls will remain anonymous.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.