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Franklin County takes plea agreement in child porn case

Obviously, the state of Ohio takes sex crimes involving children extremely seriously. That’s why it is so important to work with a skilled defense lawyer when facing these types of charges.

As part of a plea agreement, nine out of ten counts against a Franklin County, Ohio, man accused of downloading and sharing child pornography were dismissed.

The 29-year-old, who pleaded guilty this week to one child-pornography charge, was once an assistant coach for a disabled-children’s hockey team and said he became addicted to child pornography, the Columbus Dispatch reported

The man admitted to installing a file-sharing program on his computer and downloading child pornography. Police said a search of the man’s computer turned up numerous illegal images.

The man’s attorney said that police interviewed former and current players on the team which the man coached as well as their parents, and there was no evidence that the man had an inappropriate relationship with any of the children.

The team, the Ohio Blades, allows disabled children to play hockey using sleds on the ice.

The man will be sentenced on March 31 and could face up to eight years in prison. However, without the successful plea agreement, the prison term the man faced could have been much more severe.

In some cases, it is most beneficial for a defendant to fight the charges against him or her, while in other cases it makes the most sense for a plea agreement to be reached.

An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help an individual decide which route to take in a case, after weighing many factors, including the evidence involved in the case, the strength of possible defenses and the charges the individual faces.

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