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Batavia man pleads guilty to producing child porn

Batavia man pleads guilty to producing child porn (Clermont County Sheriff's Department)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - 34-year-old Richard Lee Devito has pleaded guilty to creating child pornography, according to the office of United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Benjamin C. Glassman.

Devito admitted to using a messaging app to pretend to be a 13-year-old. Under that disguise, he persuaded an 8-year-old girl to send him sexually explicit videos of herself.

“As he admitted in court today, Devito knowingly induced more than 25 minors to send him sexual or nude videos and photographs over the Internet,” said U.S. Attorney Glassman. “The minors were typically between the ages of eight and 12. He would often encourage the children to rub their genital and place objects up their vagina or anus.”

Devito also possessed thousands of image and video files that depicted child pornography. Many included children under the age of 12.

Devito pleaded guilty to production of child pornography. He faces a possible punishment of 15 to 30 years in prison followed by five years to a lifetime of supervised release.

“As a parent, this kind of predatory behavior over the internet is frightening,” said U.S. Attorney Glassman. “I commend the FBI for its investigation of the case, which led to today’s guilty plea.” U.S. Attorney Glassman further commended Assistant United States Attorney Kyle J. Healey, who is representing the United States in this case.

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