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Former first-year arrested on 17 counts of child pornography

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Former Miami University first-year Adam Blatt was arrested by the Miami University Police Department (MUPD) Feb. 12 at the Maplestreet Station dining hall for operating a Dropbox account containing 17 videos of child pornography.

MUPD investigated Blatt's Dropbox account with the help of Southwest Ohio Crimes Against Children Task Force after receiving a tip Feb. 7, according to the incident report. Blatt was charged with 17 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony.

Blatt's Dropbox account had "178 movies of questionable content," MUPD Detective Walter Schneider wrote in the incident report. The report noted 17 of the movies "contained footage of obvious prepubescent females engaging in sexual acts."

After being taken into questioning, Blatt told MUPD the email associated with the Dropbox account in question was his, but that he had not shared access to the account with anyone else.

Blatt's case was moved to the jurisdiction of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas. Judge Keith Spaeth gave the prosecuting attorney, Michael Gmoser, 60 days to present additional evidence to a grand jury, which was filed by the clerk of courts on Wednesday, March 6.

Blatt posted a $17,000 bond and subsequent fees the day after his arrest and is currently out of jail on bail, according to an entry in the court docket.

As of last week, Blatt is no longer enrolled at Miami, university spokesperson Claire Wagner said.

A hearing will be scheduled after Gmoser finishes presenting evidence to the grand jury by June 12.

doyleca3@miamioh.edu

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