Federal prison for Darke Co. child porn possessor

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 2:15 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 4:56 PM

A Darke County man will spend 14 years in prison and be registered as a sex offender for 10 years for possession of child pornography.

Richard Trepanier, 40, of Gettysburg was sentenced Thursday in Dayton by U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose.

Trepanier, convicted in April of receiving and possessing child pornography, was caught in 2008 when he contacted an undercover Australian Federal Police officer using the screen name “Wingman66” and offered him images of child pornography.

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Australian authorities contacted the FBI who performed a search of Trepanier’s computer and found 56 images of pornography.

“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 will be under court supervision for 10 years after completing his prison sentence.

Fred Alverson, public affairs officer for U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart’s office, said the case was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.