September 30, 2014

Medina
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Child porn, high-speed chase trials delayed

MEDINA — Two trials scheduled to begin Monday were postponed in Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier’s courtroom.

Court records for both cases didn’t list new trial dates yet.

Cases were postponed for:

James McByrne Jr.

• James M. McByrne Jr., 38, of 725 S. Court St., who is charged with two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving children, second-degree felonies, and illegal use of nudity-oriented material or performance, a fifth-degree felony.

If convicted on all counts, McByrne could face up to 17 years in prison.

Medina County sheriff’s detectives seized McByrne’s computer equipment in November after executing a search warrant, and the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force examined the contents.

McByrne was arrested Nov. 26.

Luke Pfeiler

• A 21-year-old Brunswick man accused of causing a serious car crash after leading a high-speed police chase through Montville Township in May.

Luke J. Pfeiler, of 2237 Valley Forge Drive, is charged with failure to obey a police officer, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

Pfeiler’s attorney requested a competency evaluation and the case is on hold until it’s complete.

Police said Pfeiler led a chase at 70 mph and crashed into a maintenance vehicle.

Last month, Pfeiler appeared in court with a walker, an arm and a leg in casts and a foot in a brace.

The other driver was admitted in serious condition to Akron General Hospital. He’s since been discharged, a spokesman said.