Springfield man charged with showing young girls child pornography

A Springfield man is accused of showing child pornography to a girl and telling her what was happening in the material was “normal”.

Oliver Sanders III, 26, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on five counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor and three counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving minor, according to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office.

Sanders was originally arrested after an investigation by the Springfield Police Division. Police investigators launched their investigation in early March.

“On March 21 and March 26, the child victims were interviewed and one of the victims indicated that the defendant, Oliver Sanders III, showed her an image on his cell phone of child pornography and stated that he said other kids were doing it and that it was normal,” the affidavit says.

Sanders was interviewed at the police station April 18, the affidavit says.

“During this interview, Sanders denied having any sexual contact or conduct with either juvenile female,” the affidavit says. “(A detective) then asked if there was anything in his phone. He indicated that there was not and signed a consent to search for his cell phone.”

The police department seized his phone, the affidavit says, and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office conducted an extraction on the phone.

“(A detective) examined the extraction and found 10 videos containing juvenile children under the ages of 10 engaging in sex acts and focussed nudity,” the affidavit says. “There was also over 350 images tagged on his phone which contained juvenile children under the age of 10 engaging in sex acts and focussed nudity.”

Springfield police interviewed Sanders again and he was arrested at that time. Sanders is still as an inmate at the Clark County Jail. A next court date in the case had not been set.

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