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Darke County Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Child Porn Case
DAYTON -- Richard Trepanier, 40, of Gettysburg, Ohio, was sentenced to 168 months in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography in a case that began with an undercover investigation by Australian law enforcement.
Following a six-day trial, a jury convicted Trepanier on April 16, 2013, of one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
According to Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Trepanier contacted an Australian Federal Police undercover officer patrolling the Internet in February 2008 and offered him images of child pornography. The Australian authorities reportedly tracked the user name, "Wingman66" to Trepanier and sent the information to the FBIs office in Cincinnati.
FBI agents interviewed Trepanier who consented to a search of his computer by the Miami Valley Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. Their analysis identified about 56 images of child pornography and evidence that Trepanier was trading child pornography.
This case demonstrates the international cooperation that is necessary to protect children from exploitation, Stewart said.
These series [of images] were created not only within the United States (Washington, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia), but they were also created abroad (France, England, Denmark, Germany, Paraguay, and Belgium), Dayton Branch Chief Laura Clemmens and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christy Muncy wrote in a memorandum filed with the court prior to sentencing. This simple fact highlights the heartbreaking reality of the child pornography industry: it knows no borders.
Trepanier was also sentenced to serve 10 years under court supervision after completing his prison sentence. While under court supervision, he must register as a sex offender anywhere he lives, works or goes to school.
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