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United States of America v. Shawn P. Parrish
Southern District of Ohio Federal Courthouse - Columbus, Ohio
Case Number: 2:16-cr-00243-ALM
Judge: Algenon L. Marbley
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohiol (Franklin County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Heather A. Hill and Jennifer M. Rausch
Defendant's Attorney: Laura E Byrum, Barshaunda Robinson and George Chaney, Jr. - FPD
Description: Columbus, OH - Newark Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Receiving, Possessing Child Pornography
Shawn P. Parrish, 38, of Newark, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on April 13, 2018 to 180 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release for charges related to child pornography.
A United States District Court jury convicted Parrish in April of receiving and possessing child pornography. Parrish had been previously convicted of an offense involving aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse or abusive sexual contact of a minor.
Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Steve Francis, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien and other members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force announced the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley.
According to court documents and testimony, investigation of a peer-to-peer file-sharing network led investigators to Parrish’s residence when they discovered child pornography being uploaded to an IP address there. While executing a search warrant at his Newark residence in August 2016, investigators found numerous images of a 12-year-old girl on Parrish’s phone.
Forensic evidence obtained from Parrish’s phone and the victim’s phone indicates that Parrish sent himself videos of the victim displaying her nude pubic area and that he received those videos via Facebook Messenger and thereafter created still images on his phone from the videos.
Parrish had previously been convicted in North Carolina in 1998 for Indecent Liberties with a Child and had been sentenced to 16-20 months in prison.
U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the Franklin County ICAC Task Force.
The Franklin County ICAC Task Force is a multi-agency effort dedicated to the fight against computer-facilitated crimes against children. The following agencies are members:
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
Grove City Police Department
Columbus Police Department
Grandview Heights Police Department
Westerville Police Department
Hilliard Police Department
Franklin County Prosecutor's Office
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
Ohio Attorney General’s Office (BCI)
The Ohio State University Police Department
Upper Arlington Police Department
Circleville Police Department
Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office
Delaware County Sheriff’s Office
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 180 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release.