From the Ohio Attorney General’s Office:
(WAPAKONETA, Ohio) 10-18-18 — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that a previously convicted sex offender is returning to prison after he pleaded guilty to possessing thousands of child pornography images and videos.
Aron D. Lichtenberger, 40, of Elida, pleaded guilty to one count of pandering obscenity involving a minor, three counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material, and one count of possession of criminal tools.
Auglaize County Common Pleas Court Judge Frederick Pepple sentenced the defendant to 17 years in prison.
An investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation found that Lichtenberger, who had previously been classified as a Tier II sex offender for sexually abusing a child in 2002, downloaded more than 5,000 sexually explicit images and videos involving young children.
Attorney General DeWine
“The amount of child pornography found on this man’s computer is sickening. I commend the prosecutors and investigators who worked so hard to send this man back to prison for exploiting defenseless kids.”
The case was prosecuted by attorneys with the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Section working as part of Attorney General DeWine’s Crimes Against Children Initiative.