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Vandalia man found guilty on 10 counts of child porn, faces up to 116 years in prison

Ryan Koontz was found guilty on 10 charges of child pornography, including two charges of disseminating child pornography. He faces up to 116 years in prison.
Ryan Koontz was found guilty on 10 charges of child pornography, including two charges of disseminating child pornography. He faces up to 116 years in prison. Provided photo

A Fayette County judge found a Vandalia man guilty of 10 counts of child pornography Wednesday. The defendant faces a prison sentence of up to 116 years.

Ryan J. Koontz, 37, had pleaded not guilty to two counts of dissemination of child pornography and eight counts of possession of child pornography.

Judge J. Marc Kelly found Koontz guilty on all charges at a bench trial Wednesday. His sentence will range from 36 to 116 years, according to Fayette County State's Attorney Josh Morrison.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 20, Morrison said.

Morrison said the case had come to their attention through the Attorney General's Office and "Operation Glass House," which investigated file-sharing programs.

"He was charged with 10 pictures," Morrison said, but investigators found "941 photos and videos, a mix of both" at his home.

Morrison said the two charges of dissemination of child pornography were because the images had been put on a file-sharing program, the purpose of which was "obvious based on the site." He said investigators were able to completely download two videos.

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