Lewis Center chiropractor found guilty of 80 child porn charges


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@delgazette.com



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Courtesy photo | Delaware County Jail

A Lewis Center man was found guilty of 80 charges involving child pornography Thursday after a three-day trial in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

Dr. David Thomas Ryan, 56, of 3725 Wood Stone Drive, Lewis Center, was found guilty of 43 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor and 37 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, all second-degree felonies.

A charge of pandering obscenity involving a minor and one count of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, both second-degree felonies, were dismissed during the trial, prosecutors reported.

A sentencing hearing for Ryan was set for Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. and Ryan was taken into custody after the verdict. His bond was set at $250,000.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, penalties for each charge include between two to eight years in prison and fines of not more than $15,000.

Ryan was indicted on Feb. 2 and prosecutors said the indictment came after it was reported that an individual had email transactions known to contain child pornography. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, investigated the downloading and file sharing of child pornography.

“An investigation began after AOL reported e-mails found to contain child pornography to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien Thursday. “The nature of the evidence presented is disturbing and vile and date back to 2012 and continued until he was arrested in August of 2016 when the evidence was seized.”

Several electronic items were seized in a search warrant executed at Ryan’s home. Another search warrant was obtained for an additional electronic item, which was seized at his business, Columbus Chiropractic Center.

According to the indictment, the pandering obscenity involving a minor charges state that Ryan “with knowledge of the character of the material or performance involved, did create, reproduce or publish any obscene material that has a minor as one of its participants or portrayed observers.”

According to the indictment, the pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor charges state that Ryan “with knowledge of the character of the material or performance involve did create, record, photograph, film, develop, reproduce, or publish any material that shows a minor participating or engaging in sexual activity, masturbation, or bestiality.”

Each count stipulates a different file that Ryan possessed that qualifies as either sexually-oriented matter or obscenity.

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http://www.delgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2017/11/web1_david-ryan-1.jpgRyan Courtesy photo | Delaware County Jail

By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@delgazette.com

Contact Glenn Battishill at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Contact Glenn Battishill at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.