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Buckeye Lake Man Sentenced to 24 Years for Receiving, Possessing Child Pornography While on Supervised Release

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Joshua D. Chapman-Sexton, 31, of Buckeye Lake, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 292 months in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for receiving and possessing child pornography while on supervised release.


Chapman-Sexton was convicted of all counts charged following a four-day trial in February. He had been previously convicted of similar federal charges in 2010 and had been released from prison after serving his sentence.


Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer, Buckeye Lake Police Chief Jimmy Hanzey and members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force announced the sentence handed down Friday by U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley.


According to court documents and testimony, a thumb drive and PlayStation gaming console taken from Chapman-Sexton's home contained more than 700 images of children engaged in sexual activity and evidence of online searches for child pornography and other sites related to sexual activity with children.


Despite the defendant’s claim that he had been set up and the child pornography was planted on the device when it was stolen on February 28, 2016, forensic evidence revealed that the child pornography had been downloaded continuously from July 2014 until February 27, 2016.


Chapman-Sexton was indicted by a federal grand jury of two counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography in July 2016.


“Only a few months into his term of supervised release for his possession of child pornography conviction, the defendant began searching for child pornography again,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “Some of the files that he accessed and saved to a thumb drive were identical to the videos he had possessed on his computer in 2010. Many others depicted prepubescent boys suffering unimaginable sexual abuse. The circumstances of Chapman-Sexton’s offenses clearly demonstrate the need to protect the public through the significant period of imprisonment received today.”


U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, as well as Assistant United States Attorneys Heather A. Hill and Jessica W. Knight, who represented the United States in this case.

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Updated August 28, 2017

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