Photographer pleads guilty in porn case

LISBON — The Lisbon photographer scheduled to go on trial next month on federal child pornography charges pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.

David C. Grunden, 35, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography, advertising child pornography and possessing child pornography. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 16.

Grunden operated DCG Photography out of his West Washington Street home, which FBI agents raided on Oct. 30 following a nine-month investigation that included placing a surveillance camera outside his home. Grunden reportedly admitted to using photographs of children he took as well as others he found on the internet. He would then post them online in exchange for receiving child pornography from others.

Between 2014 and 2017, Grunden received numerous images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and last year he solicited adults to be recorded having sex with children.

Approximately 179 images of child pornography were reportedly found by investigators on his computer.

According to court documents, Grunden used a graphic design program to create digital files depicting the children in various forms of pornography.

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