West Manchester Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Pornography After Having Been Convicted of Prior Sex Offense
DAYTON, Ohio – Ronald Scott Gibson, 46, of West Manchester, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to 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 plea entered into today before U.S. District 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. A search warrant of Gibson’s computers uncovered hundreds of files of child pornography. Gibson was previously convicted of Gross Sexual Imposition in Preble County Common Pleas Court in 1998.
Distributing child pornography after being convicted of a prior offense related to aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse or abusive sexual conduct involving a minor is a crime punishable by at least 15 years up to 40 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 this case.