Will E Sanders
TROY — A Piqua registered sex offender is in trouble once again after an Internet task force aimed at catching people who download pornographic images of children alleged he was up to his old tricks.
Brian K. Young, 33, of Piqua, has been charged with seven counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, which are all third-degree felonies. He faces up to five years for each charge.
Young entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment this week in common please court and is behind bars at the Miami County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
Young is already a registered sexual offender after two separate and unrelated sex-related convictions, according to Piqua Deputy Chief Tom Christy.
In 2005 Young was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, and two years later was also convicted of pandering obscenity involving a minor.
Young was released from the Madison Correctional Facility earlier this year and had been out for only a short time before his activity caught the attention of a detective with the Troy Police Department who is also a member of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Christy said.
Armed with evidence that Young was downloading “obscene materials involving children” via the Internet, the Piqua Police Department executed a search warrant Feb. 22 and seized computer materials that belonged to Young, Christy added.
Young’s possession of the obscene materials violated his parole and he was sent back to the penitentiary as Piqua detectives continued investigating the case, which resulted with a Miami County grand jury indicting the sex offender on the seven sex felony counts earlier this month.
Christy said Young allegedly downloaded the pornographic materials through an Internet file-sharing website by using someone else’s unsecured home computer network.
For that reason, Christy urges residents to make sure their home security networks are secured.
“We just want to caution residents that when they have their home network set up, they need to have it locked down and to not share their passwords with other people,” he said.
Christy said none of the materials recovered from Young’s computer depicted local children.