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Kettering man sentenced to more than 5 years in prison for possessing child pornography

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

DAYTON – Stephen Lavery, 35, of Kettering, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 66 months in prison and five years of supervised release for possessing child pornography.


According to court documents, law enforcement received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that suspected child pornography files had been uploaded to Lavery’s Dropbox account. Likewise, Microsoft Corporation reported to NCMEC that Lavery’s IP address had been used to upload suspected child pornography files to the Bing Images search engine. Additionally, the video-sharing website reported Lavery, using the profile name “Jerkin Hard,” shared suspected child pornography on the website.


In May 2018, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Lavery’s home in Kettering. Officers discovered more than 600 images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including visual depictions of prepubescent children.


Lavery pleaded guilty to in Dec. 2018.


David M. DeVillers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Joseph M. Deters, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division; and Kettering Police Chief Christopher N. Protsman announced the sentence imposed by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Thomas M. Rose. Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Hunt is representing the United States in this case.


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Updated November 26, 2019

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