Craig Beach Police chief faces federal charges in child-porn case


By Justin Wier

jwier@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A federal grand jury indicted the Craig Beach village police chief, who faces accusations of possessing child pornography.

Andrew Soloman, 36, of Warren, has been in custody since Dec. 7, when the Ohio Attorney General’s Office searched his office and charged him with dereliction of duty.

The federal indictment charges Soloman with two counts of receiving and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Soloman exchanged sexually explicit photographs with a 16-year-old girl he met when he responded to calls at her home in October, according to court documents.

The exchanges took place over his work email account from Oct. 24 through Dec. 7 of last year, authorities say.

Soloman also possessed a cellphone that contained child pornography, according to the indictment.

The initial call at the girl’s residence occurred Oct. 24 for a report of an unruly juvenile and a call the next day because she had run away.

The girl told a family member she had sex with Soloman after the family member caught her sending nude images to a “police officer named Andy,” according to an affidavit filed in federal court.

Soloman denied having sex with the girl but admitted discussing it in detail with her via email.

The girl told investigators she sent four or five photos and one video to Soloman, who sent her two pictures of his genitals.

Soloman told investigators he found the pictures he sent on Google but later admitted sending real pictures to the girl.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office and Austintown Police Department investigated the case.

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