Kettering man must pay child porn victim $5,000 and serve 11 years

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 4:10 PM


            James Gaver
James Gaver

A 71-year-old Kettering man was sentenced Friday to 11 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution to one of the victims shown in his child pornography collection of tens of thousands of pictures and videos.

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James Gaver also was ordered to get sex offender treatment and will be on lifetime supervision when he is released. He also must register as a sex offender

Gaver was among the hundreds of defendants located during the federal investigation into the “Playpen” child pornography website on the Tor network. Several such cases have been appealed on suppression issues.

The veteran who served for four years in the Air Force had agreed to plead guilty to one count of a 12-count federal indictment. The $5,000 restitution victim came from a woman who was part of the “Cindy” series of child pornography.

U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice said a letter from the victim — which was not read Friday in open court — would “bring tears to your eyes.”

Gaver had served 10 years total in two different state cases involving child victims — one for sexually assaulting a victim from 3 to 6 years old in a 1992 case and another for child pornography-related counts.

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Federal public defender Thomas Anderson stressed that there was no contact with a minor in the federal case, but there were videos that included child rape.

“Aside from the ‘crack vs. powder’ cocaine disparity, perhaps no area of Federal Sentencing has been the subject of more critical comment than the implementation of the sentencing guidelines in child pornography cases,” Anderson wrote in his sentencing memorandum.

Rice agreed that the federal sentencing guidelines regarding child pornography defendants who have not had any physical contact with victims is “Draconian,” he noted that the plea range of 10-12 years was well below the 14-to-17.5 year guideline in this case. The judge also said Gaver may have had an amount of images “near six digits.”

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“I believe I have taken responsibility for these latest actions I’ve involved myself in,” Gaver said. “I know what I did was egregious and I rue the day that I got involved in it.”

Rice said Gaver said he had been molested as a child and has had an addiction to pornography. Gaver also did provide federal investigators with a password which provided more evidence.

Several of Gaver’s computer and storage devices were ordered to be forfeited. Gaver will be allowed to voluntarily surrender to the U.S. Marshals at a later date.

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Sheriff confirms Clark County Jail inmate death

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:45 PM

A group of cells at the Clark County Jail.
A group of cells at the Clark County Jail.

Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett Friday night confirmed a jail inmate was found hanging in his cell.

The man was found around 6 p.m.

The sheriff said the Clark County coroner was able to make contact with the man’s family.

His name was not released.

The incident is under investigation.

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Man killed, 3 hurt after buggy, pickup collide in Shelby County

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:11 PM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:15 PM

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.

A man riding in a buggy was killed and three others, including a child, were hurt tonight during a crash with a large pickup truck.

Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart said the man was pronounced dead at the scene and that a child was critically injured. Two other people riding in the buggy were taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney.

The driver of the large pickup truck that struck the buggy ran from the crash scene but was captured, Lenhart said. Deputies suspect the pickup driver may have been impaired by alcohol, the sheriff said.

The four crash victims riding in the buggy were described as Amish.

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Crews were called tonight to a serious crash between a car and buggy.

The collision was reported just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West, near Township Road 33 North.

According to initial reports, there are at least three people injured.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office dispatch said no other information was available at this time.

Two CareFlight medical helicopters have been requested to the scene.

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Dayton school aide fired over sex abuse claim sues, calls report false

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

Ajilon Harmon sued DPS in civil court.

Former classroom aide Ajilon Harmon has sued Dayton Public Schools, two former DPS employees and the man who accused him of sexual assault, 11 months after the school district fired Harmon about that claim of sexually abusing a student in 1990.

Harmon’s lawsuit in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court names as defendants the school board, former superintendent Rhonda Corr, former DPS safety director Jamie Bullens, and the former student who years later accused Harmon of abuse.

MAY 2017: School board votes to fire Harmon over abuse claim

Harmon argues the man’s allegations were false and that DPS officials should have known that. This news organization is not naming the accuser, based on its policy for victims of alleged sexual abuse.

Harmon’s claims in the lawsuit include racial discrimination, breach of contract and defamation. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, and he has requested a jury trial.

Current DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said this week she could not comment on the lawsuit. Bullens also declined comment, while Corr and Harmon’s accuser could not immediately be reached.

MARCH 2017: Harmon on leave over allegation of decades-old abuse

The former student, now in his 40s, first told DPS officials and Dayton police in 2007 that Harmon had supplied him alcohol, photographed him nude, then sexually assaulted him at his home in 1990. No action was taken at the time by police or school officials. Harmon’s lawsuit claims both groups said the allegations weren’t credible.

Dayton’s school board voted to fire Ajilon Harmon on May 24, 2017.(Staff Writer)

In January 2016, the accuser allegedly assaulted Harmon when he saw him at a DPS sporting event. Questioned about that incident, the man repeated his allegations of years-old abuse by Harmon. Shortly after that, DPS placed Harmon on administrative leave from his job as a paraprofessional at Longfellow School.

DPS’ internal investigation, run by Bullens, found that the former student was “credible and truthful” about the abuse claim.

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Harmon’s lawsuit accuses Bullens of “intentionally conducting a fraudulent, sham investigation” and compiling a report containing “false and scandalous allegations” against Harmon.

The lawsuit says DPS never contacted Harmon to get his account of the case during the 13 months that he was on administrative leave. It also says that his accuser defamed him at Harmon’s April 2017 hearing before DPS officials, saying the accuser knew the allegations he made that day (and previously) were false.

Dayton’s school board voted to fire Harmon on May 24, 2017. In his lawsuit, Harmon claims DPS was guilty of pervasive harassment and discrimination against him based on his race, saying DPS treated “similarly situated non-minority employees more favorably” than they treated him.

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Miamisburg porch package snatcher indicted on drug charges

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 4:58 PM

William L. Alcorn
MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
William L. Alcorn(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

A 31-year-old Miamisburg man who admitted to stealing packages from a porch late last year was indicted today on felony drug charges.

William L. Alcorn is charged with possession of cocaine and aggravated possession of drugs for having methamphetamine, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report released today.

RELATED: Suspected porch package snatcher arrested in Miamisburg ID’d

The charges stem from Alcorn’s Dec. 19 arrest after he was caught stealing packages from porches on Lawrence Avenue in Miamisburg.

He also was charged with misdemeanor theft in that incident. He pleaded guilty in Miamisburg Municipal Court and was sentenced Jan. 4 to 180 days in jail with 163 days suspended plus credit for 17 days. He also was ordered to complete substance abuse treatment and serve two years of reporting probation, online court records show.

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He was ordered to appear for arraignment May 1 on the drug charges in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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