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Kettering, Jackson Center men plead guilty to child porn charges

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 1:41 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

Two local men were convicted on child porn charges in two separate cases in U.S. District County earlier this month.

James Gaver, 71, of Kettering, and Robert Phelps, 49, of Jackson Center, each entered pleas before U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice.

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According to the U.S. Department of Justice, investigators discovered more than 600 images of child pornography while executing a search warrant at Gaver’s home in July 2015.  Investigators said they also found videos of child rape on the 71-year-old’s computer.

Gaver had previously been convicted of gross sexual imposition in 1994 and in 2002 he was convicted of pandering obscenity involving a minor.

The Department of Justice has recommended a sentence in the range of 120 months to 144 months in prison.

Sentencing for Gaver is scheduled for Aug. 1.

Investigators also discovered more than 600 images and 100 videos of child pornography at Phelps home in Jackson Center while serving a search warrant there.

Phelps faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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