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Niles "Santa" charged with child pornography

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NILES, Ohio - Investigators seized evidence and took two people into custody during a raid on a home on Niles' east side Friday.

The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Niles police, the FBI, the Trumbull County prosecutor's office and a local task force that investigates child pornography, searched the home at 832 Mason Street on Friday. 

 One those taken into custody, William Brock Sr. was charged with 25 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor. 

Brock, wearing red pants and sporting a beard during his arrest, is described by his neighbors as a nice guy, who would often talk to the children on his street and call himself "Jolly Old Saint Nick."

"He introduced himself as Santa Claus to the kids cause he looks like Santa and he plays off on that. I mean he's friendly," says neighbor Candice Perez. 

 The prosecutor's office tells 21 News that they expect to uncover substantial evidence at the home.

BCI is investigating whether Brock is volunteering at an establishment where he would be working with children.

 

 

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