An Aug. 8 jury trial date has been set in the case of a 21-year-old Amherst Township man accused of swapping sexual photos with a 12-year-old in Coshocton, Ohio.
John Alferio posed online as a teenage boy, say investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
After Lorain County sheriff’s deputies got involved in a probe into his background, Alferio was charged in March with child endangering, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, and pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor.
He was indicted in April on second- and fifth-degree counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.
Alferio entered a not guilty plea last April and the case has since progressed slowly.
Last Thursday, Lorain County Court of Common Pleas judge James Miraldi agreed to hold just one final pretrial hearing Feb. 26. Then, unless Alferio changes his plea, the case will go to trial late this summer.
The suspect briefly attended Amherst Steele High School in 2009 and 2010 before transferring to the Electronic School of Tomorrow, offered online.
According to his Facebook profile, he attended the Ohio State University at Mansfield and had just enrolled at Lorain County Community College prior to the child pornography indictment.
When contacted by detectives, LCCC “took swift action” to suspend his status as a student, the college said in a statement.
Alferio was also terminated from his position as a tutor at Cascade Horizon Education Center in Elyria, where he had started six days prior to the charges. In applying for the job, he’d successfully passed fingerprinting and FBI and BCI background checks.
He posted $25,000 bond and was placed on house arrest, barred from using any Internet-enabled device.