Updated Tue, Mar 11, 2014 1:54 pm
A Haydenville man charged with having 300 nude photographs of children on his computer accepted a plea deal in Hocking County Common Pleas Court Monday.
James A. McManaway, 37, pleaded guilty to two charges of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and four charges of pandering obscenities involving a minor.
He was indicted in November on 36 charges of pandering obscenities involving a minor and two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, but pleaded down to the six charges with all others being dismissed.
Hocking County Assistant Prosecutor William Archer recommended McManaway be sentenced to eight years in prison; pay court costs; and register as a tier II sex offender.
Disseminating matter harmful to juveniles with forfeiture specification, a felony of the fifth-degree, is punishable of 6-12 months in prison, $2,500 fine and five years of supervised post-release parole.
Pandering obscenities involving a minor with forfeiture specification, a felony of the fourth-degree, is punishable of 6-18 months in prison, $5,000 fine and five years of supervised post-release parole.
McManaway was arrested in November after a five-month long investigation by the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation revealed more than 300 nude images of underage subjects on McManaway’s personal computer, as well as 300 images of male genitalia, and images linking him to two local juvenile victims.
Hocking County Common Pleas Court Judge John Wallace ordered a pre-sentencing investigation to be completed before McManaway’s sentencing.
A pre-sentence investigation will be conducted on McManaway. Once completed, a sentencing hearing will take place.
McManaway remains in Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.