Newton Falls man indicted on 31 counts including rape, child porn charges
Steven Billock, a 39-year-old from Newton Falls has been indicted on a slew of counts by the Trumbull Grand Jury.
The 31-count indictment includes one felony count of rape and a felony count of attempted rape, both with sexually violent predator specifications.
Also filed are 21 counts of illegal use of minors in nudity-oriented material or performances.
To top it all off, Billock also faces two felony counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involved a minor in the second degree, three counts of gross sexual imposition with sexually violent predator specification, and three more counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor in the fourth degree.
Billock was placed under arrest after the FBI, Mahoning County SWAT, and Trumbull County Sheriff's Department raided a Newton Township home late in June.
According to Major Tony Villanueva with the Trumbull Sheriff's Department, the raid was initially to execute a search warrant on the property on the 2300 block of Grant Street.
Billock was present in the home and taken into custody on an unrelated warrant.
Villanueva tells 21 News the search warrant was originally conducted based on a tip from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) regarding child sex crimes traced back to the residence.
Numerous pieces of evidence were collected during the search.
While Billock was arrested on a warrant unrelated to the search, he is still charged with charges related to the search warrant including Pandering Obscenity Involving a Minor and Gross Sexual Imposition.
The investigation is still ongoing and additional charges could be pending.
During the search warrant, the eight-year-old victim was present in the home and was taken into foster care by the Trumbull County Children Services Board (CSB).
The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, Homeland Security, Cuyahoga County (ICAC), Liberty Police Department, Howland Police Department, Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team (CRT) and Trumbull County CSB all assisted in the investigation.
Villanueva praised all these agencies for their prompt response in this investigation due to the severity of these crimes.