Indictment announced

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that a federal grand jury had indicted a Shelby man on child pornography charges in the Northern District of Ohio this past week.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that a federal grand jury had indicted a Shelby man on child pornography charges in the Northern District of Ohio this past week.

Allen Joseph Kamann, 34, of Shelby, Ohio, was charged in a two-count indictment with receipt and distribution of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possession of child pornography, according to an April 2 news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Ohio.

According to court records, in February of 2021, Kamann is accused of engaging in an online conversation with an FBI covert employee on a mobile messenger application regarding the sexual exploitation of minors, the news release stated.

Throughout the conversation, Kamann allegedly transmitted child pornographic materials to the FBI agent, the news release stated. In addition, Kamann is accused of uploading several images of child pornography to the messenger application in November of 2020, according to the news release.

On Feb. 26, 2021, a search warrant was executed on the person of Kamann and his property. During the search, law enforcement officers recovered a cellphone containing alleged depictions of child pornography, the news release stated.

The news release went on to state that:

* This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Sandusky Resident Agency and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol Skutnik.

* An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

* If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.

* In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum, and in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

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A Shelby man was charged in a two-count indictment, according to an April 2 news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Ohio.

SCREENSHOT/U.S. Justice Department website

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