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Child Exploitation
09/09/2013

Former special education teacher sentenced to more than 6 years on child pornography charges

TOLEDO, Ohio – An Ohio man was sentenced Monday to more than six years in prison for crimes related to child pornography. The sentence was the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Bruce Omlor, 50, of Toledo, was sentenced to 75 months in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to one count of child pornography. Omlor formerly worked as a special education teacher with the Toledo Public Schools.

The conduct occurred between June 2009 and April 2012, according to court documents.

"This sentence should send a warning to those that would become involved with child pornography," said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

"Today’s sentencing emphasizes the serious consequences that await those who are engaged in any way with child pornography," said William Hayes, acting special agent in charge of HSI Detroit, which covers Michigan and Ohio. "This case was particularly troubling because of Mr. Omlor’s position of public trust as an educator. HSI will continue to work closely with its law enforcement partners to protect our children and ensure that online predators feel the full weight of the law."

The investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.

HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.