Springfield sex offender charged with pandering child pornography

Springfield man indicted on 40 counts related to child pornography

A Springfield man was indicted on 40 counts related to possessing child pornography.

Warren Lee Jr., 34, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on 33 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, four counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor and three counts of illegal use of minor in nudity-oriented material.

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Warren was first charged in Clark County Municipal Court. In an affidavit in support of those charges, Springfield police said they found numerous images of child pornography while searching his phone.

“On Aug. 30, after a consent to search from Warren Lee Jr. to search his cell phone, it was found there were 22 images of children engaged in sex acts, six images of children on his phone where this is focused nudity and 18 images of children which are nude,” the affidavit says. “Also, on his cell phone were three videos which contained two children engaging in sex acts and one with a child was nude.”

The affidavit says Lee is a Tier III sex offender.

Springfield police began their investigation earlier this year when the division was contacted by the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit —- a task force created by the department of justice — according to the affidavit.

The unit told Springfield police that it received information from Google and Dropbox that accounts belonging to Lee had child pornography in them.

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“Around April 8, Google became aware and reported that there was six uploaded files/images downloaded to the account belonging to (an email),” the affidavit says. “Google reported this information. Google identified the account belonging to Warren Lee Jr., with a mobile phone number.”

In one of the images, the affidavit says, a 4-year-old girl is shown nude.

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