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Five indicted for traveling to have sex with children

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The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, chaired by Prosecutor McGinty, continues in the fight to protect children from Internet predators. The reach of technology has expanded exponentially over the years and most children now have a cell phone, iPod, iPad, or an Xbox. All of the services give them access to the internet or chat rooms which become difficult if not impossible for responsible adults to monitor.

The indictments of Mark Steffee, 42, of Hartville, Michael Paster, 37, of Mayfield Heights, Wesley Bailey Jr., 26, of Painesville, Jon Schnittke, 43, of Ashland, and Bryan Hrehocik, 32, of Brooklyn, are a result of a collaborative effort among law enforcement and the Ohio ICAC Task Force.

Mark Steffee was charged in an eight count indictment. On March 27, 2013, Steffee was arrested after traveling to the Cleveland area to meet whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. Steffee planned to drive the 14-year-old girl back to his apartment where the two would engage in sexual activity which was to be filmed. The following law enforcement agencies assisted in this investigation: The Wells Township Police Department, Hartville Police Department, Parma Police Department, Cleveland Police Department, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, Lorain County Sheriff's Office, US Secret Service, and Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

Michael Paster was charged in a five count indictment. On April 2, 2013, Paster was arrested after traveling to the Cleveland area to engage in sexual activity with whom he believed to be a 15-year-old girl. Prior to traveling, Paster indicated that he would pay $100 for the sexual activity. The Mayfield Heights Police Department and the US Secret Service assisted in this investigation.

Wesley Bailey, Jr. was charged in a ten count indictment. On April 9, 2013, Bailey was arrested after traveling to the Cleveland area to engage in sexual activity with whom he believed to be a 15-year-old girl. Prior to traveling, Bailey indicated that he would pay up to $50 for the sexual activity. The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, US Secret Service, Homeland Security Investigations, FBI and Lake County Sheriff's Office assisted in this investigation.

Jon Schnittke was charged in a ten count indictment. On April 16, 2013, Schnittke was arrested after traveling to the Cleveland area to engage in sexual activity with whom he believed to be a 15-year-old girl. Prior to traveling, Schnittke indicated that he would pay $50 for the sexual activity. The Parma Police Department, Brooklyn Heights Police Department, US Secret Service, and Ashland Police Department assisted in this investigation.

Bryan Hrehocik was charged in a three count indictment. On April 17, 2013, Hrehocik was arrested after traveling to a Cleveland area hotel to engage in sexual activity with whom he believed to be 12 and 14-year-old girls. At the time of arrest, Hrehocik was found to be in possession of a box of condoms. A receipt found in his vehicle coupled with store surveillance footage revealed that Hrehocik had purchased the box of condoms immediately prior to his arrival at the hotel. The Parma Police Department, Cleveland Police Department, US Secret Service, and Homeland Security Investigations assisted in this investigation.

The Northeast Ohio ICAC Task Force was created in 1999 to combat the rise of Internet crime against children. In 2003, the US Department of Justice provided additional funding for the Task Force to expand statewide. Today, with members located in each of Ohio's 88 counties, Ohio ICAC now has 326 law enforcement partner agencies across Ohio: 181 Police Departments, 73 County Sheriffs, 61 County Prosecutors, and 11 other agencies that include the FBI, US Treasury, US Attorney General, Ohio Attorney General, Metropark Rangers, and the US Marshals.

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