Columbus, Ohio -
Ryan D. Kasler, 31, of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Thursday to one count of illegal receipt of child pornography. The plea agreement provides for a sentence of 180 months in prison.
According to testimony presented by an HSI agent, Kasler was identified during an investigation by Postal Inspectors into subjects who received child pornography through the U.S. Mail. Records indicated Kasler bought 17 separate videos or photo collections through the mail.
Investigators executed a search warrant at Kasler's home in December 2012 and seized videos, a computer and storage media containing child pornography. Agents arrested Kasler, who has been in custody since his arrest.
The court will conduct a pre-sentence investigation prior to deciding whether or not to accept the terms of the plea agreement. If, after viewing the pre-sentence investigation report, the Court is unwilling to accept this plea agreement due to this binding recommendation on the appropriate sentence, either party may withdraw from the provisions of this plea agreement, the defendant may withdraw his plea of guilty, and the case will proceed to trial. If the court accepts the terms of the plea agreement, a date for sentencing will be set.