Thirty-year-old Russell Conrad, of Morristown, is facing charges of pandering obscenities involving a minor and possession of child pornography - all felonies. Authorities say other charges may be filed. It's unclear if he has an attorney who can comment.
The investigation began when police in Brunswick who are part of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children task force discovered that someone was downloading child porn.
They notified the Belmont County Sheriff's Office, which executed a search warrant on Tuesday at Conrad's home at 39481 National Road in Morristown, on the Ohio-West Virginia border.
Officials say the 30-year-old man allegedly had an "extraordinarily large collection" of illegal videos involving children.
Some of the depictions literally can't be described in news reports.
"There were children being forced to engage in sexual activity with animals," disclosed Detective Sergeant Doug Cruse of the Belmont County Sheriff's Department. "It was pretty horrific stuff."
"This is a person who has been living in our community, downloading and sharing very, very graphic materials," said Sheriff Dave Lucas. "This is another person we've taken off the streets."
Sheriff’s office deputies believe Conrad has been sharing the videos online. A detective told WTRF that the images may have been filmed in another country, perhaps Russia or Denmark, and shared in the United States.
Belmont County' Detective Sergeant Doug Cruse, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, works daily to combat this secretive industry.
"It definitely creates an atmosphere of an underground network of people who share this stuff like it's a baseball card collection," noted Cruse.
The sheriff says they'll now investigate any contacts Russell Conrad may have had with actual children.
"They'll do a very thorough investigation of him, his life, what children he has had contact with," said Lucas. "And then we're going to make sure that none of those children has been abused or taken advantage of."
Conrad is in the Belmont County Jail on a $65,000 bond.
Who lives at 39481 National Rd, Bethesda, OH 43719?
Well, along with Russ Conrad, I'm guessing this is his father: Darrell W Conrad, Born November 1956 (age 60s) and I'm guessing this is his sister: Ubie B Conrad, Born February 1, 1985 (age 32).
(WLWT - May 3, 2017)