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Man receives no jail or prison in child porn case

by Rob Ireland

July 28, 2011

Oehm, Ronald
Elkhorn — A 45-year-old former Williams Bay man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography won't have to serve time in a state prison or the Walworth County Jail.

However, Ronald Oehm, now of Whitewater, will have to register as a sex offender for the next 15 years and serve five years of probation.

On July 28, Judge Robert Kennedy spared Oehm from jail after he claimed he didn't intentionally seek out child pornography and, according to evidence on his computer, likely rarely viewed the illegal, illicit images.

Oehm was arrested March 25, 2010 when the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and the Williams Bay Police Department raided Oehm's Stam Street home and found child pornography.

Oehm, who now works as a car salesman in Janesville, told special agents that there were about 10 files on his computer that clearly contained child pornography.

During his sentencing hearing, Oehm said he works part-time producing print advertising for a strip club. To obtain the pictures for the advertising, he would download mass amounts of images, including pornography. Apparently, child pornography also existed in the mass downloads.

District Attorney Phillip Koss asked the judge to sentence Oehm in jail for up to one year.

"I was surprised he didn't get any jail time," Koss said Friday afternoon.

See next week's paper for more on this story.