Man indicted on 123 child porn counts

A Williamsburg man has been indicted for 123 counts of child pornography.

Richard Chase pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment before Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler on June 30.

Gusweiler set bond for Chase at $750,000.

Brown County First Assistant Prosecutor Zac Corbin said the charges centered around pictures of children.

“Those charges all stem from pornography involving minors.  These are all pornographic images found on electronic devices controlled by Mr. Chase,” Corbin said.

There are three separate victims discussed in the indictment that Chase is alleged to have photographed himself.  Corbin said that Chase faces more serious second degree felony charges in connection with those victims.

Chase faces three counts of Endangering Children, five counts of Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity Oriented Material or Performance and five counts of Pandering Obscenity Involving a Minor.  All charges are second degree felonies.

In addition, Chase faces 110 counts of fourth degree felony Pandering Obscenity Involving a Minor.  Corbin said that each charge is based on a different single image.

Corbin said that Chase was arrested following a tip from a family that he had been taking illegal photographs.

A search warrant was executed at Chase’s home where electronic devices were seized and then examined for illegal images.

Eight other individuals were indicted by a Brown County Grand Jury on June 30.  They include

Jamin Payne, who is charged with Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, a second degree felony, Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs, a third degree felony, and Breaking and Entering, a fifth degree felony.

Christopher Cropper, is charged with Theft of Drugs, a fourth degree felony, Aggravated Possession of Drugs and Possession of Drugs, both fifth degree felonies.

Corie Williams, is charged with two counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a fourth degree felony, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a fifth degree felony and Possessing Drug Abuse Instruments, a first degree misdemeanor.

Steven Garrett, is charged with two counts of Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, a Drug of Abuse or a Combination of Them, both third degree felonies.

Mark Steelman, is charged with Possession of Drugs, a fifth degree felony and Possessing Drug Abuse Instruments, a first degree misdemeanor.

Christopher Staten, is charged with  two counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a fourth degree felony, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a fifth degree felony and Possessing Drug Abuse Instruments, a first degree misdemeanor.

Joshua Applegate, is charged with Possession of Heroin, a fifth degree felony and Possessing Drug Abuse Instruments, a first degree misdemeanor.

Jennifer Long, is charged with Aggravated Possession of Drugs and Possession of Drugs, both fifth degree felonies.

An indictment means that an individual has been charged with a crime.  It is not a finding or admission of guilt.