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Clermont Co. roommates plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to sex traffic a child

Clermont Co. roommates plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to sex traffic a child (Clermont County Sheriff's Office)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Two roommates from Clermont County have pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to sex traffic a child.

The victim was a missing 14-year-old girl from Indiana.

Eric Ho and Bryan Otero are charged with conspiracy to sex traffic children and conspiracy to produce child pornography.

"Both pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to sex traffic a child. Ho also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to produce child pornography," said a release from the Ohio Department of Justice.

Ho is also charged with rape and Otero complicity to rape. Investigators say a man from Kansas met the teen girl in an online chatroom and drove her to their apartment in Clermont County.

The FBI tracked them down and arrested Ho and Otero in May. The 14-year-old was inside their apartment, she's been reunited with her family.


"Conspiracy to sex traffic children is a crime punishable by up to life in prison. Conspiracy to produce child pornography carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison up to 30 years," said the release from the Ohio DOJ.

"Pursuant to the Child Victims’ and Child Witnesses’ Rights Act, specific details of the plea agreements remain under seal," said the release from the Ohio DOJ. "U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the FBI, including FBI Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Kansas City field offices, and Union Township Police, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Kyle J. Healey, who is prosecuting the case."

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