MAHONING COUNTY Man indicted on charges involving minors
The state patrol investigated after a tip from YSU police.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Mahoning County grand jury indicted a city man on numerous charges of owning or viewing sexually explicit material involving minors.
In its weekly report Thursday, the grand jury returned an indictment against Adam Zagotti, 23, of Ohio Avenue, on 10 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor; five counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material; and two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor.
Twelve of the 17 charges are second-degree felonies, which carry a maximum eight-year prison term. The five charges of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material are fifth-degree felonies that carry a maximum one-year prison sentence.
The indictment says the time period of the acts was from June 2001 and continued through September 2003, all in Mahoning County.
The indictment says Zagotti sold, displayed or distributed material that shows minors participating in sex acts; that he possessed or viewed material that showed nude minors; and that he rented, disseminated or provided obscene material with a minor as one of its participants, or as portrayed observers.
Dawn Krueger, an assistant county prosecutor, said the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated the case based on a tip from Youngstown State University police.
The patrol investigates criminal activities on state-owned and state-leased property.
After getting a search warrant, the patrol downloaded the incriminating material from Zagotti's computer, Krueger said. She said Zagotti was a YSU student at that time, and that most of the material involved boys.
Zagotti's case was directly presented to the grand jury, and the OSHP has issued a warrant for his arrest.