A 75-year-old Stow man has been sentenced to just under five years in prison for pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.
Thomas E. Williams, 75, of Stockbridge Drive, pleaded guilty July 18 to the two felony counts of pandering following an investigation by Tallmadge police that began more than a year ago.
Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty sentenced him this week to the Ohio State Penitentiary for four years on the first count, a second-degree felony; and 11 months on the second, a fifth-degree felony.
In addition, he will be listed as a Tier 2 sex offender for 25 years after his release from prison and must report to the sheriff's office every 180 days.
A fifth-degree felony charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance was dismissed when he pleaded guilty.
According to a July 2012 Tallmadge police report, evidence in the case included a computer and digital photos.
Tallmadge Police Chief Don Zesiger said 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.
"We have county-wide jurisdiction in these situations," said Zesiger.
Stow Police Sgt. Ken Mifflin said a Stow police officer accompanied Tallmadge police when they arrested Williams at his home April 26. Mifflin said Williams was "cooperative."
According to Common Pleas records, a secret indictment against Williams by a Summit County grand jury was filed April 25 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Williams pleaded not guilty to the charges at his May 1 arraignment and he was released on a 10 percent of $10,000 bond.