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Summit man extorted by child porn site turns self in

By APRIL HELMS Reporter Published: May 22, 2017 7:02 PM

TWINSBURG TOWNSHIP -- After signing up for a child porn website and then being extorted for money, a Summit County man chose to turn himself in to police rather than pay $5,000.

Julius Mays, 22, told police he visited a website on May 18 that contained child pornography, with the intention of downloading illicit material. He had entered his personal information into the website.

The next day, Mays said he received an email from the website claiming that they were the police, and that if he did not send $5,000 they would send his personal information to the local police department.

Mays then went to the Twinsburg Police Department, which contacted the Summit County Sheriff's Office. During the sheriff's investigation, Mays reportedly confessed to visiting the website and downloading child pornography from other websites.

He was arrested and charged with one count of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and transported to the Summit County Jail. Pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor is a fifth-degree felony. Police say further charges are pending.

Mays, who has since posted bond, is set to appear before Stow Municipal Court Magistrate John Clark on May 30.

An attorney for Mays, Christopher L. Parker, could not immediately be reached for comment.


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