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Quincy man faces federal charges relating to producing child porn

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A Quincy area resident who is a registered sex offender was arrested late Thursday on federal charges relating to the production and distribution of child pornography.

Mickell E. Close, 31, of 2491 County Road 255, Cottage 4, is currently in federal custody and is awaiting a court date with the U.S. Southern District of Ohio.

His arrest follows the execution of a search warrant at his residence Thursday by special agents with the Homeland Security Investigation office out of Columbus.

Spokesman Khaalid Walls with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office reported today that the defendant was arrested without incident.

The criminal complaint against Mr. Close alleges that the illegal activity had occurred since June.

Also in the criminal complaint document, the offense description states the defendant allegedly “used, persuaded, induced, enticed or coerced three or more minor children to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct, and such visual depiction was produced using materials that traveled in interstate or foreign commerce ... that is by computer and/or the Internet.”

The spokesman said he could not release information about what materials might have been uncovered during the execution of the search warrant.

Thursday, deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office provided back-up support to federal agents at the scene in Quincy.

Mr. Close was convicted in 2000 of gross sexual imposition involving a 3-year-old female victim in Logan County. He is labeled as a sexual predator, according to Logan County Sheriff’s Office Detective Phil Bailey.

Mr. Walls said the investigation continues into the federal case.

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