Man placed on probation for child pornography offense

Man placed on probation for child pornography offense

A Middletown man was placed on probation after he admitted to child pornography charges.

Frederick William Sharp III, 32, pleaded guilty on May 22 to possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute.

Circuit Court Judge Julie Stevenson Solt placed Sharp on five year’s probation and imposed a $500 fine as well as 100 hours of community service. If Sharp violates that probation, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

Solt decided probation would be appropriate in lieu of jail time because Sharp had no criminal history before or after the 2014 crime.

During Sharp’s probation, he will not be allowed unsupervised contact with minors apart from his child, and he will have to register as a sex offender for 25 years.

Sharp’s attorney, Mary Drawbaugh, told Solt that her client had been fired from his job and faced other serious consequences in light of his charges. He had been in counseling and volunteering while awaiting sentencing.

Police investigating a file sharing site on Oct. 12, 2014, traced a video file featuring sexual conduct between a woman and an infant girl to a computer on Willow Tree Drive in Middletown associated with Sharp. He admitted that child pornography would sometimes show up in his searches, according to prosecutors.