Ariel Castro's nephew indicted

Ariel Castro's nephew indicted
Jeremi Alicea (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff)
Jeremi Alicea (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff)

BEDFORD, OH (WOIO) - 19 Action News is uncovering the story behind sex charges against the nephew of Ariel Castro.

Jeremi Alicea has been indicted on 22 charges for kiddie porn.

Records show he admitted he had downloaded child pornography.

His uncle, Ariel Castro made world headlines for holding three women in Cleveland hostage as sex slaves for more than a decade.

We went to the address listed for Jeremi Alicea in Bedford; the house that was recently searched.

Our Ed Gallek found the suspect's father defiant.

From behind a door Alicea's father said this to our cameraman.

"Jeremi doesn't live here," said Juan Alicea. "I have not received anything from the court. I have no idea what's going on. Until I receive documentation from the court, there's no indictment, for me."

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force built the case while prowling for predators and child porn on the internet.

We asked Juan Alicea if he ever suspected anything.

He said, "We got nothing to say. We talk through our lawyer."

Ariel Castro killed himself in prison in September.

This case, of his nephew's alleged crime, began back then and ended this month with this raid.

Investigators say they downloaded child porn from the home in Bedford and found at least 25-30 files.

Investigators say there isn't any connection between what Ariel Castro did and the accusations against his nephew.

But Jeremi Alicea's mom is Ariel Castro's sister, and the family is again in the spotlight for sex charges.

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