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Brandon Novak, a professional bowler from Ohio who was arrested in the middle of a tournament earlier this month, faces 15 felony counts of child pornography, according to online records.

Novak, 35, of Chillicothe, Ohio, faces 10 felony counts of unlawful use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or entertainment and five counts of pandering to sexually oriented matters involving a minor.

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Unlawful use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance are felonies of the fifth degree and pandering of sexually oriented matters involving a minor are felonies of the fourth degree.

Novak’s next hearing is scheduled for March 21.

Brandon Novak mug shot

Photo of Brandon Novak at the Ross County Jail in Ohio. (Ross County Jail)

He was stopped on February 1 at the 2024 US Open Bowling Tournament in Indianapolis. Authorities said at the time that he was wanted on an arrest warrant that stemmed from a secret indictment.

Chillicothe police had been investigating Novak since February 2023, according to a report obtained by The Columbus Dispatch through an Ohio Public Records Act request.

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He said a detective with the department received a complaint from Facebook about Novak’s account allegedly being associated with child sexual abuse material.

Officers executed a search warrant at Novak’s residence and interviewed him, the report said. Novak said during the interview that he purchased pornography from someone on Snapchat, but initially said he did not know the videos would contain child sexual abuse material.

He later admitted knowing he was purchasing child sexual abuse material and taking steps to conceal it, authorities said.

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Novak had been a professional bowler for more than 10 years and won two tournaments, according to his Professional Bowling Association profile.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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