A Findlay man pleaded guilty today in Hancock County Common Pleas Court to eight child pornography charges related to material found on his computer last August.

Robert C. Sams will have seven other child pornography charges dismissed as part of a plea deal outlined by Hancock County Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Limerick.

Sams was indicted on 15 counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony, in November.

Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle said then that “child pornography in the form of both videos and photos” was found in August on a device in Sams’ residence.

Limerick and Sams’ lawyer, Howard Elliott, jointly recommended today that Judge Jonathan Starn sentence Sams to 180 days in the Hancock County jail, with a 51-month prison sentence reserved, should he violate community control.

They also recommended sex offender evaluation and treatment, and that Sams not have unsupervised contact with children.

He will have to register as a Tier II sex offender for 25 years.

The maximum possible sentence for each charge is 18 months in prison, making the maximum for eight charges 12 years.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 9.

When he was indicted, Sams was the natural resource manager for Hancock Park District. He was put on leave in November and he resigned in January.

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