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7 arrested after Elyria investigation into underage sex crimes


Five Lorain County men were arrested during the week of May 18 after being accused of crimes against children following an undercover investigation by Elyria police and partnering agencies.

The Elyria Police Department, in conjunction with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Tallmadge Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service, executed an undercover chat investigation that ultimately led to the arrests of Ken Paskewitz, 27, of North Olmsted; Pal Gegaj, 46, of Avon Lake; William R. Harrison, 52, of Elyria; and Lorain residents Jesse Lowman, 29, and Samuel Ortiz, 26.

The Lorain County men were arrested alongside Dennis Watson, 33, of Brook Park; and Daniel G. Rand, 23, of Lakewood.

All seven were taken into custody following a three-day undercover chat investigation executed by the agencies.

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