COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Dublin, Ohio, man has been charged federally with crimes related to sexually exploiting at least three minors.
Timothy W. Wright, 50, was arrested yesterday afternoon at his home and appeared in federal court today. The charges initiated thus far were unsealed during his initial appearance today.
Specifically, Wright is charged with enticing a minor, producing child pornography and possessing child pornography.
According to court documents, Wright paid females under the age of 18 to send him nude photographs and videos. As stated in the affidavit filed in support of the complaint, CashApp and phone records allegedly connect the payments for these videos and images to Wright and his company, L&T Trucking, and phone records also indicate Wright allegedly coordinated dates and times to meet with the victims at his Dublin residence.
The affidavit further details that Wright allegedly paid a minor victim $300 on least five occasions in exchange for the minor lying nude on Wright’s bed while Wright engaged in sex acts.
Enticement of a minor is a federal crime punishable by at least 10 years and up to life in prison. Producing child pornography carries a penalty of at least 15 and up to 30 years in prison. Possessing child pornography is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Vipal J. Patel, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio announced the charges. Assistant United States Attorney Emily Czerniejewski is representing the United States in this case.
The case is being cooperatively investigated by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, which operates under Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, and by Homeland Security Investigations, Columbus Division of Police, Dublin Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Unit, Delaware County Drug Task Force, and the United States Marshals Service.
A criminal complaint is merely an allegation, and defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Southern District of Ohio