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OTTAWA — The Putnam County Grand Jury indicted a Gilboa man on 46 counts involving child pornography Wednesday.

Gary L. Badertscher, 53, is currently in custody at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, thanks to evidence obtained earlier this summer.

“It all started with a search warrant we executed in August,” according to Deputy Greg Westrick. “We had information that he had stuff on his computer, and that was pulled when we executed the search warrant. It takes a while to analyze everything.”

Badertscher is already registered as a sex offender in the state of Florida due to convictions in 2001 and 2006 for lewd and lascivious behavior involving a minor.

“All allegations in this case range from 2012 to 2013,” Putnam County assistant prosecutor Todd Schroeder said.

Badertscher currently faces four counts of endangering children, a second-degree felony.

“This basically alleges that he coerced, encouraged or enticed a child to participate in sexually oriented material or to be a model for sexually oriented material,” Schroeder said.

An additional felony charge, this one of the first degree, involves compulsion to involvement in involuntary servitude.

“If you read the language of the indictment, the allegation would be that he did attempt to lure or entice a minor, knowing that the minor would be compelled to participate in nudity-oriented material,” Schroeder said.

Two additional charges pertain to disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

“The allegation would be that he did disseminate or provide or show material that would be harmful to a juvenile,” he said. “One count would be a misdemenor of the first degree, while the second would be a felony of the fourth degree, because the allegation would be that the child involved there was under 13 years of age.”

This is the only charge that describes one of the victims in the public record, being a girl born in 2001.

“That would have been a 2012 offense, which would put the age at approximately 10 or 11,” Schroeder said.

Badertscher also faces six counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony alleging that he possessed materials showing a minor participating in sexual activity. The remaining 33 counts are of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, a fifth-degree felony.

“The allegation there would be that he did possess or view any material that shows a minor in the state of nudity,” Schroeder said. “Each count would represent a different child.”

In fact, only two counts, the involuntary servitude charge and one of the child endangerment charges, involve the same child, according to Schroeder.

“All other remaining counts involve different minors,” he said.

The court set a bond of $100,000 Friday morning. No set date has been established for arraignment or trial.

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