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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Two Men Plead Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

DAYTON – As the result of a national FBI investigation, James Gaver, 71, of Kettering, Ohio, and Robert Phelps, 49, of Jackson Center, Ohio each pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in separate cases to possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors.

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 pleas entered into before U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice.

According to the Statement of Facts read at Gaver’s plea hearing on April 21, 2017, investigators discovered more than 600 images of child pornography while executing a search warrant on July 27, 2015 at Gaver’s residence. Investigators also found videos of child rape on Gaver’s computer.

Gaver was convicted in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in 1994 of “Gross Sexual Imposition” and in 2002 of “Pandering obscenity involving a minor.”

The parties involved in his case have recommended a sentence range of 120 months to 144 months in prison. Judge Rice will consider that recommendation at his sentencing hearing scheduled August 1.

At Phelps’ plea hearing on April 13, 2017, the Statement of Facts set forth that federal agents executed a search warrant at Phelps’s home in Jackson Center and discovered more than 600 images and 100 videos of child pornography. He faces a potential maximum of 20 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the FBI and Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Hunt, who is representing the United States in both cases, and First Assistant United States Attorney Vipal J. Patel who is representing the United States in U.S. v. Gaver.

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Updated April 24, 2017