Stow -- A Stockbridge Drive man was sentenced Aug. 29 to just under five years in prison for pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.
Thomas E. Williams, 75, pleaded guilty July 18 to the two felony counts of pandering following an investigation by Tallmadge police that began more than a year ago.
He was sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty 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 Aug. 7 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 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.
An Aug. 7 trial had been scheduled and on May 23, McCarty issued an order that Williams could not have any contact with anyone under age 18 unless a parent or guardian was present.