Man pleads guilty in child-porn case


Man pleads guilty in child-porn case

WARREN

A Masury man accused of having about 1 million files of child pornography on his computer pleaded guilty today in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to 15 child-pornography charges. Gabe Wildman, assistant county prosecutor, said it’s the largest number of files he’s heard of in an Ohio criminal investigation.

Stephen M. Sample, 44, of Custer Orangeville Road, could get up to eight years in prison on each count. He will be sentenced after the Trumbull County Adult Probation Department conducts a presentence investigation. Sample was charged after investigators with the Trumbull County Child Pornography Task Force and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation discovered his activities.

Hearing waived

YOUNGSTOWN

Andrew Soloman, former Craig Beach police chief, on Wednesday waived a detention hearing in federal court, meaning he will stay in the custody of the U.S. Marshals as his case is presented to a federal grand jury.

Soloman, 36, of Warren, was arrested on a count of receiving child pornography. Court papers said Soloman admitted receiving images from a juvenile he met while on a call and sending her messages.

Status conference

YOUNGSTOWN

Attorneys for former Youngstown mayoral candidate Sean McKinney have requested a status conference before visiting Judge Patricia A. Cosgrove “as soon as possible.”

McKinney, who lost November’s election to Mayor Jamael Tito Brown by 201 votes, filed a lawsuit last month alleging widespread voter fraud in that election.

Attorneys also asked Judge Cosgrove to compel the attendance of Brown and 13 current and former county employees at depositions.

After McKinney’s attorneys subpoenaed those individuals, most of them filed motions to quash the subpoenas.

Krichbaum recuses himself from case

YOUNGSTOWN

Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court has recused himself from proceedings involving Brandon Moore, 31, who was scheduled to appear before him for resentencing Wednesday morning.

Judge Krichbaum imposed a 141-year sentence on Moore in 2002 for participating in the gang rape of a woman at gunpoint when he was 15 years old.

A 2016 decision by the Ohio Supreme Court ruled it is cruel and unusual to sentence a juvenile who did not commit a homicide to a sentence that does not offer the opportunity for release within his or her life expectancy.

The administrative judge will reassign the case to another judge for resentencing.

Driver charged

YOUNGSTOWN

Reports said a man cited Tuesday for following too close to an ambulance told police he did not know the ambulance was there because he was on his cellphone.

Police issued the citation to Aaron Clinkscale, 24, of Youngstown for following too close to an emergency vehicle and driving under suspension after officers on the Madison Avenue Expressway on the North Side saw a car he was driving following an ambulance that had its lights and sirens on as it was traveling eastbound on the expressway.

Reports said the driving-under-suspension citation is Clinkscale’s third within a year. Because it is his third citation, he could face jail time if he is found guilty in court.

More Digest on A8

More like this from vindy.com

Don't Miss a Story

Sign up for our newsletter to receive daily news directly in your inbox.