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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 22, 2017

Prior Sex Offender Sentenced to 200 Months for Distributing Child Porn

DAYTON – Ronald Scott Gibson, 46, of West Manchester, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 200 months in prison for distributing child pornography after having been convicted of a prior related state sex offense.

 

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice.

 

According to court documents, Gibson’s illegal activity was discovered when the Swiss Federal Criminal Police conducted an investigation to identify those possessing and sharing child pornography through an online file sharing program.

 

In March 2016, Gibson provided one of the Swiss undercover officers with the password to his shared folder on the network so that the officer could gain access to child pornography.

 

During the course of the investigation, agents discovered more than 4,000 images and 13 videos of child pornography, including images of adults molesting and sexually abusing prepubescent children.

 

Investigators also discovered online chat messages in which Gibson said he liked toddlers the most.

 

Gibson was previously convicted of Gross Sexual Imposition in Preble County Common Pleas Court in 1998 and pleaded guilty in this case in December 2016 to one count of distributing child pornography.

 

“The images and videos that Gibson shared were created for an international criminal market that is engaged in the business of destroying the lives of children,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “Gibson was an active and willing participant in that market, and that serious offense warrants the sentence he received today.”

 

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the FBI and Assistant United States Attorneys Dominick S. Gerace and Andrew J. Hunt, who are representing the United States in this case.

 

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Updated September 22, 2017