NEWTON TWP., Ohio (WKBN) — A man was arrested on sex charges Thursday after a search warrant was served at a home in the 2300 block of Grant Avenue.
Steven Billock, 39, faces two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a second-degree felony and one count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony.
The charges were filed Friday in municipal court, a news release from the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office said.
The release said the warrant was served at the home after the sheriff’s office received a tip from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children agency, part of the state attorney general’s office.
An 8-year-old victim is in the care of Trumbull County Children Services Board.
Evidence collected in the search included images and video.
“It was pretty severe. We knew that we had to act on it as soon as we received the information, and we started working on obtaining a search warrant,” said Major Tony Villanueva
Assisting the sheriff’s office were the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team, the Department of Homeland Security, Cuyahoga County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Howland and Liberty police departments and Trumbull County Children Services Board.
Villanueva wanted to emphasize the outstanding cooperation between all those agencies. He said everyone had to act quickly when they got the tip, and they were not sure exactly what they were getting into when they raided the residence.
Nick Rich contributed to this report.