Stout could spend five years in prison.
By John W. Goodwin Jr.
A North Jackson man likely will spend five years in prison for possessing images of children involved in graphic sexual situations.
Milbur Stout, 41, formerly of Mahoning Avenue, appeared Tuesday before Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court accompanied by his attorney Scott Cochran to enter into a plea deal with prosecutors on a list of charges concerning children and sexually graphic material.
Stout had been charged with more than four-dozen counts of pandering obscenity and possessing sexually oriented material involving children, but under the plea agreement, he entered an Alford plea to two counts of pandering and two counts of illegal use of minors in sexual material.
An Alford plea means Stout maintains his innocence but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to obtain a conviction at trial.
Natasha Frenchko, an assistant county prosecutor, said Stout was in possession of photos of sexual material involving children. The photos were found in a box in his home.
Cochran told the court his client tore up the photos years ago but does acknowledge having the shredded pieces of the images in his possession.
Frenchko said the plea was reached because of an unusual turn of events in the case.
Frenchko said most of the charges were in relation to material found on a floppy disk in Stout’s possession but not associated with any particular computer. She said prosecutors, without a computer, could not determine when the material was downloaded and therefore could not establish if the statute of limitations on criminal prosecution has expired.
The maximum sentence for the charges against Stout is five years in prison and additional time on probation upon his release. Frenchko said prosecutors will ask the court to impose the maximum sentence and require Stout to report as a sexual offender.
Stout will be back before Judge Evans for sentencing March 8.