Logo

news from the Prosecutor's Office

West Chester man was found guilty of 20 counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor
October 12, 2007

Press Release For Immediate Release October 12, 2007

A fifty-eight year old West Chester man was found guilty of 20 counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor. Jean Smolders was arrested by Det. Richard Sweeeney of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office on March 26, 2006 after Smolders solicited and attempted to meet Det. Sweeney, who was posing as a fourteen year old female, to engage in sexual activity. As a result of Smolders' arrest, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office confiscated Smolders' computer from his West Chester residence. A forensic analysis of the computer showed that Smolders had downloaded numerous images of child pornography on to his computer. West Chester Police Detective Andrew Schweier interviewed the Defendant who admitted to downloading the child pornography because he was addicted to it. Smolders pled guilty to ten counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor. He was also found guilty of an additional ten counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor after a bench trial before the Honorable Judge Keith Spaeth. The Defendant will be sentenced by Judge Spaeth on November 15, 2007. He faces the possibility of ninety-five years in prison. As a result of these convictions Prosecutor Piper stated, "Child pornography is abhorrent and only exists because of the depraved cravings of sick people. It represents a very real danger to our children and therefore must be aggressively prosecuted. Over the last seven years we have prosecuted approximately 35 case involving child pornography. It is a very real threat and we must be on the alert."

* * *
For more information contact the Prosecutor's Office at (513) 887-3474
View all