A Bellevue man convicted of possessing child pornography is prohibited from having Internet access during his three years of intensive probation.
Cory M. Hartshorn, 25, of 211 Huffman St., was fined $1,000 and sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in the Huron County Jail. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ruled the defendant's probation officer has the discretion to release him early or have him serve the remainder of the term at a later time since he has a job at his father-in-law's business that will be available soon.
In late April, Hartshorn pleaded guilty two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor -- the only charges on his indictment. The fourth-degree felonies cover incidents between Jan. 1 and Feb. 16, 2012.
"These are disturbing charges," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.
Woodruff recommended a prison term because otherwise it would demean the seriousness of the offense.
Although Hartshorn doesn't have any prior felony convictions, he could have faced a prison term because the charges are sex offenses. If he violates the terms of his probation, he faces 18 months in prison.
The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children task force assisted the Bellevue Police Department with the case.
Hartshorn told the judge he became addicted to pornography because of his depression, for which he now is taking medication.
"I was looking for anything and everything," he said. "I am in no way proud of why I am here today.
"I understand what I did was wrong. ... I feel very bad," Hartshorn said.
Defense attorney Jeremiah Ray said although his client "minimized" what he did at first, Hartshorn was cooperative with authorities and is "very regretful."
"He lost his job because of this. He is the sole provider for his family. ... He's collecting unemployment because of the loss of his job," Ray said.
Classified as a Tier II sex offender, Hartshorn must register his address every six months for 25 years. He isn't allowed to live within 1,000 feet of a school, preschool or daycare center.