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Former Hudson City Schools IT manager faces federal charges for child porn

Andrew Shonk. (Source: Stark County Jail) Andrew Shonk. (Source: Stark County Jail)
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Andrew Shonk, who resigned as the assistant network manager at Hudson City Schools, was arrested on July 2 in connection with a federal investigation involving child porn charges, he is now facing federal charges.

United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Justin Herdman said Shonk has been federally been charged with receiving and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

According to the indictment charges Shonk is accused of knowingly received, using any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce, numerous computer files which contained child pornography and files had been shipped and transported in and impacting interstate and foreign commerce.

The charges said this happened from March 30, 2013 to Feb. 20, 2018, according to the indictment.

He is also accused of possessing two USB storage devices containing child porn, according to the indictment.

Shonk, 36, who also worked as a technology consultant at Rootstown Local Schools from 2006 to 2012, was charged last week with pandering sexually-oriented materials involving a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.

His bond was set at $1 million on July 5.

According to Rootstown Schools Superintendent Andrew Hawkins, some of the materials seized by investigators included Rootstown students.

Shonk, who resides in Stark County, is being held in Stark County Jail.

"We are saddened and frustrated by these allegations and have been working closely with the FBI since we learned of the investigation. Safety of our students and staff is always our primary concern and we will continue to work closely with law enforcement throughout the investigation and prosecution," wrote Rootstown Local Schools Superintendent Andrew Hawkins in a prepared statement sent last week.

Cleveland 19 has learned Hudson City Schools Superintendent Phil Herman sent a robo call out on July 2 to parents, stating Shonk was under federal investigation. It's believed he sought out and saved social media images of students, none that were considered exploitative though.

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