Leetonia man pleads guilty to child sex charges

Lucas Ippolito

LISBON, Ohio (WYTV) – A Leetonia man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Cleveland to child-sex charges related to 13- and 15-year-old girls from Pennsylvania.

The Morning Journal says that 41-year-old Lucas Ippolito is to be sentenced in December. The charges include transporting a minor to engage in illegal sex and sexual exploitation of a child.

Ippolito reportedly brought the 15-year-old from Pennsylvania to Ohio back in January. He did the same three times early this year with the 13-year-old victim.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Crimes Against Children Unit and the Leetonia Police Department raided Ippolito’s home in early April. Three computers and a cell phone were among items seized and were reportedly found with the child pornography on them, including one image found of a child under the age of 12.

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