Youngstown man gets 30 years for exploiting minors

Matthew Lucarell, 42, of Youngstown was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Pamela A. Barker in Cleveland to 30 years in prison for crimes involving children.

Lucarell pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual exploitation of children, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of receipt and distribution of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

From September 2019 to March 2021, Lucarell coerced four juveniles into engaging in sexually explicit conduct in order to produce visual depictions of the interactions, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, which cited court documents.

In addition, from May 2018 to February 2021, Lucarell knowingly received and distributed various files of child pornography, the office stated.

On April 1, 2021, Lucarell was found to be in possession of a cellphone and two micro SD cards which contained numerous files of child pornography, including at least one image involving a minor younger than 12, the office stated.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force.

Lucarell was arrested in April following a search of a home in the 3500 block of Kirk Road in Youngstown. At that time, he was booked into the Mahoning County jail.


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