Area couple indicted for making, selling porn with boy, 2

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 11:19 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 2:28 PM

Pair indicted for creating child porn with young boy

A Cincinnati woman and a Franklin man have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to selling and creating child pornography, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in Cincinnati.

Ciera Richter, 25, of Cincinnati, and Jason Fletcher, 40, of Franklin, were federally indicted Wednesday.

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Fletcher was previously convicted by the state of Ohio of importuning a minor, among other crimes. Under the terms of his probation, he was not to possess pornography of any kind, according to Jennifer Thornton, Department of Justice spokeswoman.

In May 2017, during a visit with his probation officer, the officer noticed Fletcher had two mobile devices and, after having Fletcher provide access to the devices, started to review the content on both phones.

The probation officer found pornography of a minor female on one of the phones and Fletcher was subsequently arrested, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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A search of the phone revealed not only a collection of child pornography, but also child pornography videos made with the phone. Some of the videos on the phone involved Fletcher, Richter and a 2-year-old.

In the videos, Richter helped hold, entertain and position the toddler, while Fletcher recorded himself sexually abusing the child, according to court records.

Richter procured the 2-year-old for the purpose of making the videos and intended to sell the videos, according to the indictment and other court documents.

“Richter provided the toddler to Fletcher with the knowledge that as a consequence of the transfer, the 2-year-old would be portrayed in child pornography,” said Benjamin C. Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, in a statement. “Offenses like those alleged here are among the most heinous, and most important, that we prosecute. We take seriously our duty and responsibility to keep children safe from those who would prey upon them.”

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Richter and Fletcher are each charged with one count of conspiracy to produce child pornography and production of child pornography. Those crimes carry a potential sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison.

Fletcher faces a potential range of 35 years to life in prison, because he has at least two prior state convictions for crimes involving children.

Richter is also charged with one count of selling a child, which is punishable by 30 years to life in prison.

Sunshine today, warmer this weekend

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:12 AM

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  • Warmer temperatures expected this weekend
  • Chance for rain returns Sunday into Monday
  • Snow possible Tuesday

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DETAILED FORECAST

Today: More sunshine is expected today as temperatures climb above freezing, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. It will be a nice day, although still cool, with temperatures topping out in the mid to upper 30s this afternoon.

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Tonight: Clouds will increase overnight tonight as temperatures drop into the upper 20s.

Saturday: More clouds will return Saturday. It will be a mild day with highs in the lower to mid 40s. There could be a few light showers or some drizzle later Saturday, but the better chance for rain will come Sunday and Monday.

Sunday: Temperatures will climb into the upper 40s with a few showers expected.

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Monday: Rain is expected Monday, and some of the rain could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Colder air will return Tuesday with highs only in the mid-30s. There is the chance that we could see some snow showers as well.

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Car destroyed, driver jailed after crash in Dayton

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:51 AM

A car was destroyed and a driver escaped serious injury following a crash in Dayton early Friday morning.

Police said the car crashed into an RTA pole in the 900 block of South Smithville Road around 3 a.m. The driver was found at the Speedway about a block away from the crash scene.

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The driver was taken to Montgomery County Jail on outstanding warrants. He was cited for failure to control, police said.

Police said the driver doesn’t own the car, but they are trying to determine who does.

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

WATCH: Tow truck driver runs onto freeway to avoid being crushed by car

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:34 AM

A tow truck driver working to load a crashed vehicle was nearly hit by another car that lost control in slick conditions.

On Wednesday morning, the tow truck driver was working to load a vehicle that had been involved in a crash onto a truck. 

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A Michigan State Police officer was behind the tow truck, and on cruiser cam, the officer can be heard asking for another cruiser to block the I-96 on-ramp. A moment later, the cruiser cam captures footage of a car losing control on the ramp, crashing into the tow truck.

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The tow truck driver was able to run onto the freeway at the last moment, avoiding being crushed by the car.

The car that lost control ended up on top of the car that was being loaded.  The at-fault driver was cited.

No one was hurt.

Texas' 'Tourniquet Killer' executed via lethal injection

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:05 AM

Anthony Allen Shore was executed by lethal injection Thursday night.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice/AP
Anthony Allen Shore was executed by lethal injection Thursday night.(Texas Department of Criminal Justice/AP)