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Warren County man sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing hundreds of images of child rape

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

DAYTON – Garry Weatherbie, 65, of Franklin, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 10 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for possessing child pornography after being convicted of prior sex offenses.


According to court documents, on Feb. 6, 2019, Weatherbie possessed more than 600 images of child sexual abuse on his tablet.


At the time, Weatherbie was on parole after being released from the Chillicothe Correctional Institution, where he served an eight-year sentence for pandering sexual material involving a minor. Weatherbie was previously convicted in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.


A federal complaint affidavit details that investigators took Weatherbie into custody in February 2019 on allegations of sexual assault. While searching the defendant’s residence, they discovered the child pornography on his tablet.


Weatherbie pleaded guilty to the federal charge in February 2020.


“This case is a reminder that possessing child pornography is not a victimless crime,” U.S. Attorney David M. DeVillers said. “Even if you do not create the child pornography, you can face significant time in federal prison.”


“Today’s significant sentencing removes from the community a repeat child predator, who shockingly continued his predatory behavior while on parole for similar crimes,” said Vance Callender, HSI special agent in charge for Michigan and Ohio. “There is no place in our society for those who prey on children. HSI and its partners will continue to aggressively target those who exploit children.”


David M. DeVillers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Vance Callender, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and Franklin, Ohio Police Chief Russ Whitman announced the sentence imposed today by U.S. District Court Judge Walter H. Rice. Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Hunt is representing the United States in this case.



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Updated August 24, 2020

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