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Hamilton County prosecutor announces 9 recent child pornography indictments

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Posted at 5:02 PM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 18:15:31-05

CINCINNATI — Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph Deters announced nine people indicted for child pornography-related charges.

The nine separate indictments were announced in a press conference held by Deters at the Hamilton County Prosecutors Office Monday afternoon.

If convicted, all of the suspects will have to register as either a tier I sex offender or a tier II sex offender. A tier I sex offender must register once a year for 15 years; a tier II sex offender must register every 180 days for 25 years.

  • Eric Koch is charged with 10 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor or an impaired person. He allegedly possessed photos of minors engaging in sexual activity and faces a possible 15 year sentence. If convicted, he will have to register as a tier II sex offender.
  • Jeremy Collins is charged with two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and three counts of illegal use of a minor or impaired person in a nudity-oriented material or performance. Collins is a former German teacher at Walnut Hills High School and allegedly exchanged nude photos with a female student. If convicted, he could spend three years in prison and would be a tier I sex offender.
  • Zachary Courtney is charged with two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person. He allegedly possessed photos of minors engaging in sexual activity. IF convicted, he faces up to three years in prison and would become a tier II sex offender.
  • Clinton Williams is charged with four counts of illegal use of a minor or impaired person in nudity-oriented material and one count of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person. He allegedly possessed photos of minors engaging in sexual activity and photos of nude minors. If convicted, he faces 6 1/2 years in prison and would become a tier II sex offender.
  • Thomas Thompson is charged with five counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person. He allegedly owned photos of minors engaged in sexual activity and faces up to 7 1/2 years in prison if convicted. He would also become a tier II sex offender if convicted.
  • Brian Hronek is a former youth soccer coach charged with 10 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person. He allegedly possessed photos and videos of minors engaged in sexual activity and is also accused of sharing those materials with others. If he is convicted, Thompson faces up to 80 years in prison and registration as a tier II sex offender.
  • Dana Beasly is charged with five counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person. He allegedly possessed and disseminated videos of child pornography. If convicted, he'll become a tier II sex offender and could face up to 40 years in prison.
  • John Chavies is charged with two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person. He allegedly had and disseminated child porn. He faces up to 8 years in prison and registration as a tier II offender.
  • Alex Randolph is charged with two counts of illegal use of a minor or impaired person in a nudity-oriented material or performance and one count of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person. He allegedly possessed nude photos of minors and photos of minors engaged in sexual activity. If convicted, he faces 6 1/2 years in prison and would have to register as a tier II offender.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil expressed his pride in investigation teams responsible for bringing charges against the suspects.

"I also want our citizens to be aware of these dangerous predators who are on the internet waiting to victimize our children," said Neil. "The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and our law enforcement partners will continue to monitor these predators to keep our citizens safe."

Deters also congratulated and thanked law enforcement for their work in each case, and said the investigations attached to each indictment are on-going.