Crime

Ohio man indicted for sexually exploiting 2 Idaho children

Timothy R. Schmidt
Timothy R. Schmidt

A federal grand jury meeting in Boise brought charges Wednesday against Timothy Raymond Schmidt, 34, of Cincinnati.

He is accused of coercing two children in Idaho to take part in sexually explicit conduct that was recorded.

The indictment says the activity took placed between Jan. 28, 2015, and April 9 of that year.

Cincinnati television station WCPO reported that Schmidt had been under investigation for six months by police in Fayetteville, Ohio, a town of 321 residents about 40 miles east of Cincinnati.

An Ohio grand jury indicted Schmidt earlier this month on one count of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition of a minor, according to online records from the Brown County Common Pleas Court.

Under Ohio law, gross sexual imposition of a minor involves sexual contact or causing two or more persons to have sexual contact when the victims are under 13.

The television station said Schmidt was believed to be chatting online with juveniles in Idaho and exchanging photos with them.

Schmidt did not travel to Idaho, said Barbara Layman, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boise. And authorities said the charges in Ohio are unrelated to the investigation in Idaho.

Schmidt was arraigned June 3 in Brown County and is being held on $250,000 bail.

He is scheduled to return to court in Ohio on July 6 for a pretrial hearing. Arraignment on the Idaho charges has not been scheduled and it’s unclear whether he would be brought to this state before the Ohio case finishes.

The Fayetteville Police Department and the federal Department of Homeland Security conducted a search of Schmidt’s residence on May 19. The television station said police seized electronic devices from the home.

The Fayetteville Police Department believes there may be additional victims. Anyone in Idaho who believes other minors may have had contact with Schmidt is asked to call the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at 208-334-4527.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell

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