Austintown men facing charges after police say they pawned phones containing images of child porn

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Facing charges are Robert Basic, Jr. and Ryan Marenkovic

Ryan Marenkovic and Robert Basic, Jr., charged with pandering obscenity in Austintown.

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Two men are facing charges following raids in Austintown, investigating child pornography.

Investigators say both 44-year-old Ryan Marenkovic and 43-year-old Robert Basic, Jr. were arrested after they sold cell phones to a local pawn dealer and it was discovered the devices contained images of child pornography.

The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, U.S. Marshals and Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force raided both their homes in the 2300 block of Oak Trace St. and 3900 block of Nassau Ct. on Tuesday.

Investigators took Marenkovic into custody at his Nassau Court home. He faces charges of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor, pandering obscenity involving a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.

Three items were taken as evidence, according to a police report.

Police reported that Marenkovic denied downloading or uploading any images with child-pornography-related content.

At the Oak Trace home where Basic lives, investigators reported seizing a USB drive of photos seized from Basic’s laptop, two laptops and two iPhones.

According to the police report, Basic reported giving a pawned cell phone to Marenkovic in exchange for money, but he said he was “unsure” if there was child pornography on the cell phone.

Basic is facing 10 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor.

Both are jailed on bonds of $25,000 each and are due back in court later this month.

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