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Broadview Heights man arrested for child porn possession, photographing 7-year-old

Robert Arias (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office) Robert Arias (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office)
BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

A Broadview Heights man that was already registered as a sex offender was arrested and indicted on 26 charges for sharing and creating child pornography, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

Robert Arias, 53, was arrested on April 14. The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding an individual uploading child pornography. After investigating, police were led to Arias' apartment on Seneca Avenue in Broadview Heights.

After investigating, Arias was found in possession of hundreds of child porn images. including children under 2-years-old. The County Prosecutor's Office also said Arias took nude photographs of a 7-year-old boy that lived in his apartment. He sent those photos to other child pornography users online.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley said, "This sexual predator has escalated his activity to violating and grooming young children who are living with him. This indictment demonstrates that we will not tolerate this in our community." 

Arias was arrested in 2006 for sharing child pornography. After that arrest, he became a registered sex offender.

His arraignment is scheduled for April 26.

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