CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County judge levied a 16-year prison sentence Tuesday on a Dunbar man who downloaded thousands of reportedly violent child pornography images to his home computers.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib Jr., calling the case "very disgusting," sentenced Ryan Montgomery to consecutive two-year prison terms Tuesday on a total of eight counts of child porn possession.
Montgomery pleaded guilty to the charges last year, after workers in a South Charleston computer store, where he left his computer for repairs, found suspicious material on the computer's hard drive. The workers called police, who eventually found thousands of illegal pictures and videos on several more computer hard drives during a search warrant raid on his home in Dunbar.
Many of the images showed adults binding and raping girls, all between the ages of 7 and 12. Police also found pictures of girls wearing gymnastics uniforms and Japanese cartoons depicting minors in sexually deviant situations, Kanawha County assistant prosecutor Jennifer Meadows said.
A grand jury indicted Montgomery last year on 58 total counts of child porn possession, one charge for each illegal image detectives selected from the computer.
Those specific 58 images depicted known child sex victims listed in a national police database, Meadows said, adding that Montgomery had the most extensive and disturbing child porn collection that she has seen in her career as a prosecutor.
"I think that the record, the facts show that he is a danger and risk," Meadows said.
Montgomery, who has been free on bond since his arrest last February, said that he became addicted to adult pornography while serving in the Navy and that the addiction served as a kind of gateway to child pornography.
"I watched way too much porn," he said during Tuesday's hearing. "Eventually, I started looking at other porn."
Montgomery said that since his arrest, he has been in intensive therapy. He was honorably discharged after 11 years in the Navy and he denied ever touching a child inappropriately.
Timothy Smith, Montgomery's lawyer, asked the judge to sentence his client to a term of probation.