Darke County man pleads not guilty in child porn case

Clouds create a threatening weather backdrop  to the south of the Miami County courthouse Tuesday evening as severe thunderstorms  moved into the area. Photo by Jim Witmer
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Clouds create a threatening weather backdrop to the south of the Miami County courthouse Tuesday evening as severe thunderstorms moved into the area. Photo by Jim Witmer

TROY — An Arcanum man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Miami County court to 10 felony charges of pandering obscenity involving a minor and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.

David J. Kessler, 57, was indicted by a Miami County grand jury on five counts each of the two felony offenses.

Kessler is accused of creating, reproducing or publishing obscene material that has a minor as a participant or portrayed observer and soliciting, receiving, purchasing, possessing or controlling any material that shows a minor participating or engaging in sexual activity. The indictments allege the illegal activity happened in the county between July 2016 and August.

The case involved the use of a website and videos that are “reprehensible,” said Paul Watkins, first assistant Miami County prosecutor.

Watkins asked Common Pleas Judge Stacy Wall to set a substantial cash bond. Defense lawyer Jose Lopez asked her to consider Kessler had no prior criminal record. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or surety. Kessler was later freed on bail. Wall ordered him to not use the internet to access any sites involving juveniles or sexual material. A pretrial conference was set for Nov. 18.