MEDINA — A bench trial began Monday for a 27-year-old Brunswick man accused of downloading and sharing child pornography from his laptop computer.
Brandon Price, who’s charged with five counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving minors, shared his George Drive home with his mother, who ran a day care out of the house.
Price opted for a bench trial, meaning Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler will pass judgment.
If convicted, Price could face eight or more years in prison and may have to forfeit his computer.
Price was arrested Sept. 4 after police with the Ohio Crimes Against Children Task Force reported they tracked several photos and videos of child pornography to Price’s computer.
The images were “commercial” and not produced by Price, police said, adding that the children at the day care were not the subjects of the pornography.
Price’s attorney, L. Ray Jones, told the judge in opening statements Monday that the files were not downloaded by Price and must have been downloaded by somebody else.
Task force officer Jesse Bynum testified Monday he tracked several videos and pictures to Price’s computer, which was using Ares Galaxy, a peer-to-peer sharing computer program.
Bynum said Ares works by adding files to a “share folder,” which allows others to access the folder on a willing user’s computer.
“Is it fair to say that the Ares program was making these files publicly available?” county Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi asked Bynum.
“That’s correct. The Ares program is set up to share files,” Bynum said. “As long as the user has a file in the ‘share folder,’ it can be downloaded if the computer is on and the program is running.”
Bynum, who works for Medina Township and Grafton police, said the files he tracked were known to be child pornography because of certain “tags” on the files.
To confirm they were child pornography, some of the graphic videos and images were shown in court.