Patrol Officer with Child Porn Convicted on Multiple Felony Charges



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Ohio Deputy Sentenced to 5-years in Prison

(OH) – Deputy Nicholas Pierancini, whose last position with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was as a patrol officer, was sentenced on October 20. Pierancini received a 5-year sentence for the eight child exploitation felony charges. Deputy Pierancini’s case was handled outside the norm. He was not charged in the usual indictment. Instead, the charges were listed in an information. Pierancini, who had originally pled not guilty, withdrew that plea and entered a guilty plea.

This is no doubt due to a deal with the prosecutors. Since he was facing eight charges of “distributing and possessing child pornography,” five years was a sweetheart deal for him, since he could have gotten as much as 20 years in prison. Nicholas Pierancini will have to register as a sex offender once he is out of prison.

Child Exploitation Organization Discovers Crime

The sexual exploitation of children, by Deputy Pierancini, was discovered by an organization that monitors the internet. The discovered the exchange of child pornography and were able to capture the IP addresses. A reverse search was more than likely done and they discovered the owner of the IP address. They then reported the crime to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, along with the name of the perpetrator, Nicholas Pierancini.

Criminal Investigation Initiated

Once the Henry County Sheriff’s Office realized that the perpetrator was one of their own deputies, they did the correct thing and asked another agency to conduct the investigation. Investigating yourself never comes across as a valid investigation.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office conducted the criminal investigation. Criminal investigators raided Pierancini’s home in March and discovered additional images on his home computer. Nicholas Pierancini was immediately placed on administrative leave by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Internal Affairs Investigation

It does not appear that the Henry County Sheriff’s Office conducted an internal affairs investigation into the police misconduct. It looks like they chose to remain as neutral as possible and allow the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office to have full control without an additional investigation getting in the way.

Veteran Officer Nicholas Pierancini

Pierancini had been with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office since 2002. He had worked in various areas, including narcotics. He had gone back to being a patrol officer when his criminal activity was discovered. Nicholas Peirancini also coached “youth football and basketball teams.” 

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