NEW LEXINGTON — After a lengthy court proceeding, the New Lexington Police Department updated the community regarding an individual accused of distributing, as well as receiving child pornography.

In a Facebook post published on June 24, New Lexington Police Chief Scott Ervin gave updates regarding 19-year-old Randy M. Poling, who was arrested on Jan. 10, 2019. New Lexington Police worked with New York State Police, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the joint investigation.

According to the NLPD, in February of 2020, Poling was sentenced to 120 months (10 years) in federal prison. Once he is released, the New Lexington man will be required to be supervised by the court for another 30 years.

“The information we had received was this person was sending and receiving child pornography back and forth across state line is what it amounted to,” Ervin told The Perry County Tribune.

The chief added that since the case involved sending disturbing material across state boundaries, federal officials were then added to the investigation. After the local police department assisted in apprehending the 19-year-old, the investigation process was then continued by the FBI.

“The FBI had filed the charges in Southern District Court,” Ervin said.

The charges for Poling’s crimes included a criminal complaint filed with US District Court which was “distribution and receipt of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and/or child pornography via any means of facility of interstate commerce.”

The United States Department of Justice outlined a citizen’s guide to US federal law on child pornography. Under 18 United States Code (USC) and its sections, images of child pornography are not protected under the First Amendment rights.

Additionally, in the eyes of the federal law, such material is considered as illegal contraband. Under section 2256 of Title 18 USC, child pornography is defined as any visual depictions of sexually explicit conduct involving an individual who is under the age of 18.

Federal law also prohibits the production, distribution, reception as well as possession of an image of child pornography “using or affecting any means or facility of interstate of foreign commerce,” according to the department of justice.

On April 5, 2019, The Perry County Tribune reported on Poling’s arrest as it concluded a several month-long investigation. Poling was taken into custody on the morning of April 3, at his Harrison Street address.

The warrant for his arrest came from the US District Court Southern District of Ohio located in Columbus. It was the second warrant served on the residence in a two month period.

From previous reporting, in November of 2018, Poling participated in a back and forth with someone on a dating app he believed to be a person with sexual interests in children. However, the other person behind the message thread was an undercover law enforcement officer from the State of New York.

During the investigation, law enforcement agencies shared information regarding Poling’s history with local officers as well as similar alleged crimes.

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