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Salem man gets three years for pandering obscenity

LISBON — Justin M. King, a 35-year-old Salem man who was sharing nude photos of children online, was sentenced to three years in prison by Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam on Friday morning.

King, South Ellsworth Avenue, offered that he felt terrible about his actions and apologized to the victims and his family.

Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones said King had been “trading” the photos he had with others. She noted that each of the victims in the case were contacted about the felony agreement, which included a recommendation from the prosecutor’s office for a three-year sentence. According to Jones, the victims were in agreement with it and were mostly interested in making sure King was not able to use those photos or send them to anyone again.

King had pleaded guilty in September to 11 counts he was facing — three counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented materials and eight counts of pandering obscenities involving a minor. According to the charges, he was involved in creating or transferring materials between Jan. 3, 2018 and Jan. 11, 2018, then again on Jan. 15, 2018 and Jan. 23, 2018. The other charges involved photos in his control on Feb. 19, 2019.

He was credited with 455 days served in jail. In addition to prison time, King will be required to register as a Tier II sexual offender, required to confirm his address with authorities every six months for 25 years once he is released from prison.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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