MEDINA — A 30-year-old Medina man was sentenced Thursday to serve six months in jail and be required to register as a tier II sex offender until he’s 55 years old.
Thomas Jancik, who served as a recruiter for the Navy, was sentenced by Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler for charges levied against him in 2011 for pornography found on a computer in his home in the 500 block of East Reagan Parkway.
In November, Jancik pleaded guilty to two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a second degree felony, as part of a plea agreement with the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office. In exchange, the state dropped three other counts.
Kimbler said he was swayed by Jancik’s attorney to lower his sentence because he completed a mental health evaluation and had served honorably in the Army, where he attained the rank of sergeant.
Kimbler said he normally would impose a prison sentence, but because Jancik had met with a psychologist and out of “consideration of time in service to the country,” he would only impose six months in the Medina County Jail.
Still, Kimbler ordered Jancik to register as a tier II sexual offender for 25 years and to remain on probation for five years after he is released. During probation, Jancik is not to have contact with non-family younger than age 18 and is not to use a computer unless it’s for finding or keeping a job.
Parole officers “will be making visits to your home, and they will be looking for pornography,” Kimbler warned Jancik.
If Jancik violates parole, he could face up to three years in prison under the terms of Kimbler’s sentence.
County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Razavi argued Jancik should spend two years in prison for his crimes.
Razavi said charges were brought against Jancik after he was investigated by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
“He was downloading large amounts of porn, some of it child porn,” Razavi said. “There were videos of children having sex with adults, children being raped.”
Razavi said Jancik had a highly organized system of filing his pornography.
Jancik’s attorney, David McArtor, however, said Jancik had a porn addiction that led him to download between 60,000 and 80,000 pornographic images and videos on his computer. McArtor said Jancik never intended to download child pornography, he merely downloaded the images by the thousands and some child pornography was included in those downloads.
“He had tens of thousands of images,” McArtor told the judge. “Less than 1 percent, literally only six of those, were child pornography.”
McArtor also cited a diagnosis from a psychologist affirming Jancik had an addiction to pornography but that he found no evidence of pedophilia.
Before he was sentenced, Jancik offered an apology to the community. He said the charges have cost him his career and nearly all his friends.
“I completely understand that due to my addiction and my naive actions, I broke the law,” Jancik said. “I’m very sorry to my community and to my parents.”
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