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Richwood man sentenced for possession of child pornography

COLUMBUS — Todd R. German, 51, of Richwood, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to four years in prison for possessing more than 10,000 images and 200 videos of child pornography.

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He was previously a fire service instructor at the Delaware Area Career Center.

According to court documents, the defendant left his job at the Delaware Career Center in March 2012. The day after he left, another employee found a thumb drive in German’s desk, placed it in a computer and found hundreds of images of child pornography.

The employee contacted school officials who called the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

In April 2012, investigators executed a search warrant at his residence and found an external drive connected to his computer. A forensic examination of the external drive yielded more than 10,000 images and 222 videos of suspected child pornography.

The investigation determined that the victims were from at least 17 different states and 7 different countries.

Mr. German pleaded guilty in March to one count of possession of child pornography.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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