FBI files child porn charges against Wellington man


Victims appear to be as young as five, according to agent

By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com



Sexual pictures of girls as young as five have landed federal child pornography charges against a 29-year-old Wellington man.

Ryan Reynolds is accused of downloading photos and videos of little children stretching back to August 2013. He was arrested June 19 after his ex-fiance, who found disturbing images on Reynolds’ cell phone, went to Medina County sheriff’s deputies.

Investigators believe Reynolds used online file-sharing software — the BitTorrent network — to receive, possess, and distribute child pornography, according to FBI special agent Timothy Edquist.

Reynolds pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.

According to court documents, Reynolds said he at first started viewing sexually explicit images of child while looking at adult pornography online. Sometimes it would pop up and he was unable to delete it, Reynolds said.

Usually the pictures were of little girls.

He told agents he never purposely searched for child pornography but later changed his story: “Reynolds acknowledged looking at child pornography because he was curious,” the FBI complaint said. “Reynolds indicated viewing child pornography as recently as the evening of June 18, 2015.”

The youngest child he viewed was 5-years-old, he thought, according to the filing.

“Reynolds asked people for pictures and received pictures of children approximately five to six years old,” it said. Reynolds also received videos but indicated he was only able to open one of the videos.

He attempted to search for child pornography approximately 50 times but denied ever taking pictures or videos of a child in an inappropriate manner. He did admit to sending sexual images of children to others.

The FBI complaint included explicit descriptions of the media allegedly downloaded to Reynolds’ phone and laptop.

It chronicled work by Grafton police Det. Jesse Bynum, who also works for the Medina Township police. In an investigation of BitTorrent child pornography traffic, Bynum on four occasions from August 2013 to November 2014 traced illicit files to Reynolds’ Internet activity, the court papers say.

Some of the earliest includes video of a nine-year-old girl tied up with a dog licking her privates, engaging in oral sex with a man who is possibly her father, and wearing a dog collar.

On other dates there were files containing movies of nude children that appeared to be infants up to age eight engaged in sex acts, Bynum reported.

During the investigation, Reynolds and his fiance split up and he went to stay with his father on Rt. 58 in Wellington.

That’s when a Medina County sheriff’s deputy told officers that Reynolds suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and that numerous weapons were located throughout the home including assault riffles, a hand gun on the kitchen table, and ammunition and weapon magazines throughout the house and garage.

A pretrial conference is scheduled Aug. 31 with a jury trial set for Sept. 8 with judge Donald Nugent presiding.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

Victims appear to be as young as five, according to agent

By Jason Hawk

jhawk@civitasmedia.com