A Springfield man was cleared of allegations accusing him of raping children but was convicted on 48 counts of child pornography.

Springfield man convicted of child porn charges will be sentenced today

A Springfield man convicted of possessing child pornography is set to be sentenced today.

Oliver Sanders III, 26, was convicted by a jury last week of nearly 50 counts related to child pornography. In the same case, the jury found him not guilty of raping two girls under the age of 13.

Clark County Common Pleas Judge Douglas Rastatter is set to hand Sanders his sentence today at 8:30 a.m., according to court records.

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Sanders was accused of raping the girls over the last five years. In one incident, prosecutors say Sanders showed a girl child pornography on his phone and told the girl what was depicted on the phone was “normal.”

The jury indicated that they either didn’t believe or didn’t have enough proof to convict Sanders of the rape, clearing him of all charges in relation to the girls. However, they also didn’t buy the defenses’ argument that photos and videos of child pornography found by law enforcement on Sanders’ phone were placed there by either a hacker or someone else.

The defense contended that the state didn’t do a good enough job getting to the bottom of who put the photos and videos on his phone.

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