A five-month investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Solon man for allegedly viewing and trading child pornography.
In conjunction with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Solon detectives began an investigation in December of 2019 resulting in the recent arrest of George Zelenkov, 33, of Solon.
A warrant was served at 7:30 a.m. May 7. Mr. Zelenkov is being charged with pandering sexually oriented material involving juveniles and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance, both felonies of the second degree, police said.
Both felonies carry a prison sentence of two to eight years, police said.
According to Solon Lt. Jamey Hofmann, Mr. Zelenkov was the subject of an ongoing investigation. He has been accused of viewing and trading pictures of children under 10 having sex, Lt. Hofmann said.
There is no evidence of his involvement in the act, police said, and the children were not his own.
Mr. Zelenkov paid the $10,000 bond and was released from jail on Monday. The case was bound over to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, according to officials with the Bedford Municipal Court.
He will be given a court date at a later time, police said.
Lt. Hofmann explained that Solon detectives were given a tip last year through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
“It takes a long time to try to narrow it down with IT addresses, court orders and warrants,” Lt. Hofmann said. “It is always a good feeling to arrest someone and make them responsible.”
Lt. Hofmann said that if convicted, Mr. Zelenkov may be required to register as a sex offender, but that would be up to the presiding judge.