- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - A northeast Ohio attorney who represents children’s interests in delinquency and custody cases has been charged federally with possession of child pornography.

Forty-nine-year-old James Paterson of Lorain was in custody Tuesday after being arrested by FBI agents. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday to determine his bond. An FBI affidavit says Paterson told agents during a search of his home there were pornographic images of children on his computer. The affidavit says Paterson denied having sexual activity with children but wouldn’t take a polygraph test.

According to the affidavit, agents focused on Paterson because of his online activity. Paterson has been a guardian since 2013 and had four active cases, a Lorain County Domestic Relations Court official said.

Paterson’s attorney did not return messages Tuesday seeking comment.

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