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Former businessman sentenced for child porn conviction

Former businessman sentenced for child porn conviction

(Akron) - A Medina man was sentenced to 14 years in prison today, for crimes related to child pornography. The sentence was handed down by Federal Judge John Adams.

Forty-eight year old Richard Miezin was earlier found guilty of receiving, distributing and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, as well as making false statements and representations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during their investigation.

Miezin was a Senior Territory Account Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific, and a former Senior Buyer at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He's a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College.

Investigators say his job involved technology and a lot of travel, allowing him to keep his activities secret from those close to him.

Prosecutors claim Miezin knowingly distributed, by computer, numerous computer files, which contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct from April 27, 2010, through February 25, 2011.

“This sentence should send a message to those who would victimize children,” said Mike Tobin, a spokesman for the United States Attorney's Office. He hopes this serves as a warning to other predators that federal agents are watching their activities online.

Tobin told Newsradio WTAM 1100, this case is the result of was a joint effort of the Medina County Sheriff’s Office and the Akron Office of the FBI’s Crimes Against Children Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carol M. Skutnik.

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