Hilliard man sentenced to 18 years in prison for producing child pornography

Jeremiah R. Malfroid

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)- Jeremiah R. Malfroid, 34, of Hilliard, Ohio, was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison for production of child pornography.

According to court documents, investigators with the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children task force connected files containing child pornography to Malfroid’s computer. While executing a search warrant and forensic examination of Malfroid’s computer, investigators discovered 281 files of child pornography, 77 of which depicted children who have been identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Numerous additional images on Malfroid’s computer depicted Malfroid sexually abusing a female child. It was confirmed that Malfroid had access to the juvenile female between approximately 2007 and 2013, when the child was three to nine years old.

Malfroid was charged by criminal complaint in October 2014 and absconded during the investigation. He turned himself in to local authorities in California in December 2014, after being profiled on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Operation Predator smartphone app. A user-generated Facebook post indicating Malfroid’s fugitive status had been created the same month and shared nearly 200,000 times.

Malfroid pleaded guilty to production of child pornography on April 2, 2015.

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