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Clermont County Man Sentenced to 85 Years for Producing, Receiving, Possessing Child Pornography, Obscene Images of Child Sexual Abuse

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

CINCINNATI –David Guy, 61, of New Richmond, Ohio was sentenced to 1,020 months in prison for producing, receiving and possessing child pornography and obscene images of child sexual abuse. He was also sentenced to 20 years of supervised release.

A United States District Court jury convicted Guy in April of 11 counts of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children, one count of attempted production of child pornography, three counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

Benjamin C. Glassman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Clermont County Sheriff Tim Rodenberg and other members of the Regional Electronic Computer Investigations Task Force including Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott.

Guy used Photoshop to create hundreds of visual depictions using 11 different minor victims by placing the children’s faces into images of very graphic adult and child pornography. In addition, Guy attempted to produce child pornography when he took a photo of one minor, posing the child on her hands and knees and exposing her bottom. 

A search of computers seized from Guy’s residence revealed the extent of his child pornography collection. Guy’s images included depictions of the sexual bondage of children less than five years of age, bestiality, lascivious exhibition, among many other graphic and violent images. 

According to court testimony, Guy claimed that the over 25,000 images of child pornography he received and possessed were inspiration for his art. He claimed, through counsel, that the hundreds of images of graphic child pornography he Photoshopped were merely art.

Guy also claimed that the government was to blame for attempting to censor his work, which was rebutted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy D. Oakley during rebuttal. 

The jury convicted Guy with the 16 counts he was charged with after less than an hour of deliberation.

“David Guy sought to escape responsibility for his horrific crimes against children by characterizing as ‘art’ the images of children that he produced,” Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “It is not art. It is the opposite of art. It is a horrible crime -- one that David Guy committed over and over, without remorse. Although the harm from Guy's crimes can never be undone, at least the community will be from safe from him committing any more for the next 85 years.”

Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by agents and officers of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, the Regional Electronic Computer Investigations Task Force, which is comprised of officers from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Cincinnati Police Department, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christy L. Muncy and Timothy D. Oakley, who prosecuted the case.

Updated June 30, 2016

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