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Ohio man pleads not guilty in Fairfield County child pornography case

STAMFORD – An Ohio man charged earlier this month with posting sexually explicit videos of an 11-year-old Fairfield County girl on TikTok has pleaded not guilty to distributing child pornography during the ‘a hearing before a federal judge last week.

Brian Grinnell, 35, of Lakeview, Ohio, made the televised plea to U.S. trial judge Robert Spector in a hearing on Zoom on Tuesday, as his attorneys Hugh Keefe and Matt Popilowski watched from a different location .

After the hearing, Keefe said his client is currently incarcerated at the Wyatt Federal Detention Center in Central Falls, Rhode Island.

Keefe said he hopes, given that there is a coronavirus outbreak in Wyatt, that his client will be released.

“I expect him to be released. It’s not violent and it’s not going to take off, ”Keefe said.

When asked about the allegations against Grinnell, Keefe said he was unable to comment as he had only met his client.

Grinnell was arrested on September 23 after police informed the FBI that someone allegedly posted videos of the girl on Tik Tok.

According to a detailed 21-page arrest affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Michael Syrax, police were called to the girl’s home on March 21, following the publication of nude photos and videos of the girl’s daughter. the complainant on social media.

In an interview with an FBI forensic investigator, the girl said she met someone, whom she believed to be a 15-year-old girl, on an online chat website called Omegle. During the ongoing conversations on Snapchat, the person began asking her for photos of “weird stuff,” including photos of her body, according to the affidavit.

The person sent the girl a photo of a woman wearing underwear, apparently in an attempt to maintain the facade, according to the affidavit.

But on March 20, the girl started to worry and felt threatened and deleted the account from all social media.

Naked images and videos of the girl then began to be posted, according to the affidavit.

Police were able to get information from Snapchat as to where the ‘older girl’ – who was called Alexisswimmer99 – was stationed, and agents and FBI agents traced the account to an address. of Internet Protocol in Lakewood, Ohio, according to the affidavit.

Authorities were then able to trace the TikTok messages to a cell phone belonging to Grinnell, according to the affidavit.

When an officer told Grinnell he was investigating a cyberbullying case in Connecticut, Grinnell denied knowing anything, according to the affidavit.

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