COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Logan, Ohio, man pleaded guilty in federal court here today to producing child pornography of a three-year-old child and possessing thousands of images of child sexual abuse, some of which depicted other minor children to whom the defendant had access.
Robert Gemienhardt, 37, was charged federally in April 2022, along with his significant other Carrie Daniels, 41 for their child exploitation offenses. Daniels is set to plead guilty on Oct. 5 to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of possession of child pornography.
Gemienhardt pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting a minor – a crime punishable by 15 to 30 years in prison – and possessing child pornography. Gemienhardt also admitted to possessing child pornography of a prepubescent minor, which carries a potential penalty of 10 to 20 years in prison.
More than 1,000 images and 350 videos depicting child sexual abuse were ultimately recovered from Gemienhardt’s digital media devices, some of which depicted minors as young as toddler age engaged in oral sex, masturbation, bestiality and sexual acts with adults.
According to court documents, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a tip from Kik messenger regarding Gemienhardt’s online child exploitation activities. The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office then began investigating the allegations.
Subsequent search warrants executed by the Hocking County Sherriff’s Office, in conjunction with the FBI, revealed that Gemienhardt and Daniels were acting together and produced child pornography through the grooming and sexual abuse of minor victims they had access to between April and June of 2020.
Gemienhardt and Daniels exchanged thousands of illicit text messages detailing their sexual fantasies about the minor victims. Those text messages further revealed both Gemienhardt and Daniels had plans to act out some of the detailed fantasies by sexually abusing the minors. Daniels also distributed images she created of the sexual abuse of minors to Gemienhardt.
Gemienhardt is a registered sex offender from a prior Franklin County conviction in July 2021.
Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; J. William Rivers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division; and Hocking County Sheriff Lanny E. North announced the plea entered today before U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. Assistant United States Attorney Emily Czerniejewski is representing the United States in this case.
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