MEDINA — A 26-year-old Brunswick man was convicted Monday of having images of nude children on his home computer.
Nicholas K. Sutherland, of 1478 S. Carpenter Road, pleaded no contest before Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier to six counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.
The charges are fifth-degree felonies punishable by up to a year in prison each.
An Oct. 10 indictment accuses Sutherland of having images and a DVD depicting the children.
Collier scheduled Sutherland for a Jan. 27 sentencing. At that hearing, Collier will label Sutherland a Tier I sex offender, meaning he must register with the county sheriff’s office annually for 15 years.
Sutherland changed his plea from not guilty, which he entered Oct. 29.
Sutherland’s case was heard by Collier after it was transferred from Judge James L. Kimbler, who recused himself because he had issued the warrant for Sutherland’s arrest.
Sutherland remains free on 10 percent of a $50,000 bond. The judge ordered that he live with a relative on Ridge Road in Sharon Township.
As a condition of bond, Sutherland was barred from contact with children.
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