September 18, 2014

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Cleveland man gets 24 years in prison for molesting 5 boys

A Cleveland man was sentenced to 24 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty last month to molesting five boys — including one at a Medina County campground.

Darin Casper, 49, also pleaded guilty to 150 counts involving child pornography.

In addition to the prison term, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Robert McClelland ordered Casper to pay $50,000 in fines.

Casper will be required to register as a Tier III sexual offender, meaning he will be required to register with a county sheriff every 90 days for life, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said.

Casper was accused of creating, downloading and trading computer files containing child pornography between November 1998 and May of this year, when a search warrant was executed at his Baltic Road home on Cleveland’s west side, where his wife operated a day-care center.

In pleading guilty to five counts of gross sexual imposition Sept. 28, Casper acknowledged molesting four boys at his home and one at the Willow Lake Park campgrounds in Brunswick Hills Township.

Brunswick Hills Police Chief Sharon MacKay said her department investigated the Medina County incident, which occurred in a trailer he had at the campground.

Casper pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of gross sexual imposition, 18 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, 131 counts of illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance, and one count of possessing criminal tools.

Ohio authorities were alerted about Casper by law enforcement officials in Utah who were investigating a man suspected of trading child pornography and turned up emails from Casper containing child pornography.

Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force officers executed a search warrant at Casper’s home May 4 and seized two desktop computers, five laptop computers, 417 CDs and other electronic devices, and 55 videotapes.

Officials said the examination of the items found about 1,500 child pornography images and videos, including images and videos produced by Casper at his home.

Further investigation that identified children who were in the Casper house over the years resulted in a second indictment in August that included multiple counts of gross sexual imposition and kidnapping.