OTTAWA — A Gilboa man involved in sex crimes with children including one as young as 10 was sentenced to 28 years in prison Tuesday.
Gary Badertscher’s long history of crime stretching back to 1980 along with the crimes he pleaded guilty to were enough to earn him a strong prison sentence.
Badertscher, 53, pleaded guilty to three counts of endangering children, disseminating matter harmful to children, pandering sexual matter involving juveniles, and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.
Prosecutors dismissed the other charges in exchange for the plea.
Badertscher said he had nothing to say based on advice from his attorney. His attorney said there would be an appeal.
Judge Randall Basinger of Putnam County Common Pleas Court said Badertscher has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1980. His history includes numerous sex crimes, crimes of violence and crimes with weapons.
“This is the third round of convictions and very little has changed,” Basinger said of sex cases.
Badertscher was classified a Tier III sex offender requiring him to register his address with the sheriff’s office in the county he lives every 90 days for life upon his release from prison.
Between June and September 2012, Badertscher talked to a 10-year-old girl in California, making obscene references to her that could cause harm, said Todd Schroeder, an assistant Putnam County prosecutor.
Badertscher communicated with a 14-year-old girl online between January and July 2013 and encouraged her to send nude pictures to him. He also talked with a 15-year-old girl, asking her to send nude photos.
In August 2013, he had possession of materials showing a minor child engaged in sex and other materials showing another naked female child, Schroeder said.
Badertscher was convicted in Florida in 2000 of child sex charges and in 2004 in Hancock County, for which he served time in prison, Schroeder said.