May 30, 2016

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Man, 37, facing a child porn charge

James M. McByrne Jr.

MEDINA — A 37-year-old Medina man was arrested Monday, accused of having child pornography on his home computer.

James M. McByrne Jr, of 725 South Court Street was charged with one count of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a fourth degree felony.

McByrne was arrested after a Medina police detectives executed a search warrant Monday at his home and seized computer equipment, which was examined by computer experts from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Medina Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said the state task force “provided valuable information and support” in the investigation, but did not specify what prompted the investigation.

The task force is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and is a collaboration of federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.

According to the task force’s website, its mission is to investigate
those who “use the Internet to lure minors into illicit sexual relationships; or use the Internet to produce, distribute or solicit child pornography.”

“We make the resolution of this kind of case a top priority,” Berarducci said. “This was a great job by our detectives and their partners, the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.”

The chief said the joint investigation was led by Medina Police Detective Sara Lynn and Sgt. Darin Zaremba.

McByrne was taken to the Medina County Jail pending arraignment before Municipal Court Judge Dale Chase.

Berarducci said additional charges are expected when the case is presented to the Medina County grand jury.

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