COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)– A Grand Jury has indicted former Delaware County interim sheriff, Mark W. Wolfe, on child pornography charges.
According to court documents, Wolfe, 50, was charged with distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography.
Court documents showed undercover investigators observed files containing child pornography being shared through an IP address belonging to Wolfe. During a search warrant executed on July 31 at Wolfe’s residence, investigators discovered a laptop containing approximately 486 videos and 203 images of child pornography. The files were located in several folders on the computer under the user name “Mark.” Some of the videos showed children as young as eight-to-10 months old being sexually abused.
Further forensic analysis of the computer revealed Skype chat messages between Wolfe and several other individuals. In these conversations, Wolfe allegedly distributed child pornography files and claimed to have previously engaged in sex acts with minors and stated that his favorite age is five to ten years old.
The three-count indictment charges Wolfe with one count of distribution and one count of receipt of child pornography, each crimes punishable by at least five years up to a potential maximum of 20 years in prison, and one count of possession of child pornography, which carries a potential maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
Charges contained in an indictment are merely allegations.
According to current Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin, Wolfe was the interim sheriff of Delaware County for one week at the start of June of 2007, but served with the office as a deputy from 1994-1997.During his short term in office Wolfe investigated the prior Delaware County Sheriff, Al Myers for child pornography. Myers was later cleared of the charges.