Franklin man who made child pornography on cell phone convicted in federal court

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 1:50 PM

Pair indicted for creating child porn with young boy

A Franklin man has been found guilty in federal court of charges stemming from a child pornography production case.

Jason Fletcher, 41, of Franklin, was found guilty of conspiracy to produce and production of child pornography after a bench trial by U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott.

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Fletcher was indicted by a federal grand jury in December after investigators could not determine which county videos found on Fletcher’s cellphone were recorded in, according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.

In May 2017, a probation officer noticed Fletcher had two cellphones and started to review their contents. The probation officer found pornography of a minor female on one of the phones and Fletcher was subsequently arrested.

Among the collection of child pornography, child pornography videos made with the phone were also discovered. Some of the videos on the phone involved Fletcher, a two-year-old child and another woman, Ciera Richter.

Evidence presented at Fletcher’s bench trial indicated the crimes were committed when Richter was babysitting the toddler. Fletcher used his cell phone to record videos of himself molesting the victim, while Richter held and moved the toddler. Fletcher brought “medicine” with him, which Richter gave to the child.

Fletcher was a registered sex offender at the time he made the videos. According to court documents, 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.

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In March 2013, Fletcher was indicted and later convicted of importuning, a fifth-degree felony, for sending a text to a 13-year-old girl asking her for oral sex.

He was sent to prison for 10 months and placed on five years probation.

In April 2017, he was sent back to prison for a probation violation and is currently in the Madison Correctional Institution.

In September, Fletcher was indicted by a Warren County grand jury on 12 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and five counts of illegal use of minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, according to Warren County Common Pleas Court records.

In that case, he was convicted of two counts of pandering November and sent to prison for 10 years.

Conspiracy to produce child pornography and production of child pornography are crimes that generally 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 sex crimes involving children.

Sentencing dates has not yet been set for either Richter or Fletcher

Richter, 25, of Cincinnati, was also indicted by a federal grand jury. She previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to produce child pornography.

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Blue Angels thrill crowd with performance

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 4:38 PM


            The Navy Blue Angels set to headline at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. Expect traffic delays around the Dayton International Airport. CONTRIBUTED.
The Navy Blue Angels set to headline at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. Expect traffic delays around the Dayton International Airport. CONTRIBUTED.

For the first time since 2013, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels on Saturday roared aggressively through cloudy skies in front of tens of thousands of spectators at the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Crowds cheered as the Blue Angels maneuvered through complex motions and rolled their aircraft 360 degrees. Marvin Napier of Huber Heights brought his two young children to the air show for the first time so they could see the magic of the Blue Angels flying flawlessly in formation.

“The rain is better than 95 degree heat where you’re sweating,” he said. “With the clouds, the planes fly lower so it’s a win-win.”

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The 44th Vectren Dayton Air Show, one of the region’s largest events of the year, drew in heavy crowds. overcast skies and some sporadic rain before noon. The show kicked off at noon with a full schedule of performers, including the U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor, TORA! TORA! TORA!, aerobatic pilot Vicky Benzing and Sean D. Tucker.

“We’re thrilled the weather broke and it’s been a beautiful day for an air show,” said Shiela Wallace, air show spokeswoman. Air show officials would not comment on crowd attendance until after the weekend is over, she said.

Military jet teams like the Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels are the biggest draw for air show crowds and organizers bank on their appearance to bring in tens of thousands of people at the Dayton International Airport. They can draw up to 65,000 or more spectators when the military teams show off.

Crowds jumped to their feet to gawk and take pictures as the F-22A Raptor pulled into vertical maneuvers and flew backwards.

The Blue Angels are expected to fly more than 30 air shows in the 2018 season. The team flies six blue-and-yellow F/A-18 Hornet jets as close as 18 inches apart in aerial formations. The team has flown the Hornet jets for three decades, the longest of any aircraft in its 72-year history.

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Children plugged their ears with their fingers to block out the deafening rumble of the Blue Angels, while other spectators held up their phones to capture video evidence of the Navy squadron’s skills. “Thunder, feel the thunder,” played through the speakers as the formation ripped by the crowd.

Scott Buchanan, chairman of the United States Air and Trade Show Board of Trustees, said the air show takes about a year to plan. The show is a huge boost for the local economy, with thousands of people spending money at hotels, restaurants and local businesses. Buchanan said he doesn’t expect the weather to have a huge impact the number of spectators who come out this weekend.

“It’s really an opportunity to showcase what Dayton has brought to aviation,” he said.

Chris and Sandy Porter of Bloomington, Ind., arrived early to secure front-row seats at the air show. Sitting in a blue and white U.S.A. lawn chair, Sandy Porter said she and her husband made the drive Friday night to meet with her family members from Columbus.

“It’s more just about being together with family,” she said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

In 2017, an estimated 44,000 people attended the air show – down 30 percent from expectations, organizers reported. In 2016, the show drew about 51,000 people. Organizers blamed the low attendance at the 2017 air show on the cancellation of the Air Force Thunderbirds as the headline act, due to a crash, and record rainfall Friday that caused parking issues.

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Warmer temperatures return next week

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:36 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 4:33 PM

Isolated downpours with a few rumbles of thunder.

Lingering clouds will make for a breezy day, but warmer temperatures will return next week, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. 

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:

  • Stray shower this evening
  • Slight chance for rain Sunday
  • Warmer temperatures next week

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Tonight: A couple of stray showers will still be possible this evening, but most areas look to stay dry. Clouds will break more overnight as temperatures drop into the middle 60s.

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Sunday: It’ll be a touch warmer as most of us get in the lower 80s. Partly cloudy skies are expected and while most will stay dry, a stray shower or storms cannot be ruled out.

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

Tuesday: A dry start is expected with highs in the middle 80s. The chance for rain returns in the evening.

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Wednesday: A few showers are likely, maybe a few storms as well. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

Thursday: A hot day is expected with partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the upper 80s.

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Bicyclist killed by vehicle near Middletown park

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:54 PM

Middletown ped strike

A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a vehicle near Sunset Park.

Middletown Police Maj. Dave Birk said a man in his 60s was struck by the vehicle near Fisher Avenue and Sunset Road near the park.

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The collision occurred at approximately 2:20 p.m. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating.

We will report more when information becomes available.

A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a vehicle near Middletown’s Sunset Park. Middletown Police Major Dave Birk said the person was struck down by the vehicle near Fisher Avenue at Sunset Park.(Staff Writer)

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Police are asking for your help finding missing endangered teen in Springboro

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Police are seeking the public’s  help to find a missing endangered teen. 

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Frista Gibbons, 15, was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday leaving her home on foot, according to the Springboro Police Department.

Gibbons is stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 100 pounds, has short brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a light blue zip-up hoodie with a knee length leopard-print skirt. She was carrying a black backpack, according to a release.

Police said Gibbons may be with her juvenile boyfriend from Camden, Ohio. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Springboro Police Department at 937-748-0611.

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