A Stow man has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor in connection with an investigation by Tallmadge police that began more than a year ago.
According to Summit County Court of Common Pleas records, the charges against 75-year-old Thomas E. Williams are second- and fifth-degree felonies.
A fifth-degree felony illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance charge was dismissed.
Williams, who did not return a phone call seeking comment, is scheduled to be sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty Aug. 29.
"The decision regarding what the appropriate sentence is is up to the judge," said Williams' attorney Dan Weisenburger last week, adding that he and Williams plan on making statements at the sentencing hearing.
"The situation is not as egregious as it appears," said Weisenburger, who declined further comment.
According to a July 2012 Tallmadge police report, evidence in the case included a computer and digital photos. Tallmadge Police Chief Don Zesiger said last week that although the materials were found in Williams' home in Stow, Tallmadge investigated because a Tallmadge police detective is a member of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Ohio ICAC is an alliance that includes police departments, county sheriffs and prosecutors, and state offices of the FBI and U.S. Attorney General.
"We have countywide jurisdiction in these situations," said Zesiger.
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