A 65-year-old man in Ohio, who allegedly told neighborhood kids he was Santa Claus, was sentenced to 20 years in prison when authorities found child pornography in his home.
William Brock Sr. pleaded guilty to 35 child porn charges and admitted he had sexual fantasies about young girls in his community as he watched them play softball.
Assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Gabe Wildman told the court Brock’s computer was “filled with child pornography, thousands [of images] to be specific.”
One of the videos in Brock’s possession included an 8-year-old girl being raped by his girlfriend, Connie Ramirez, in 2012.
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Ramirez, a 43-year-old preschool teacher was sentenced in September to 25 years in prison for raping two young girls, including a relative. Investigators found sexually explicit images of Ramirez with a dog on her cellphone.
Brock was arrested on July 19 in Niles, Ohio. He was wearing bright red pants, like a Santa Claus costume, with no shirt.
“The ick and creep factor was off the charts,” Wildman told Vindy.com about the case.
There was no evidence that Brock, a professional photographer, has sexually assaulted the children, prosecutors said.
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His neighbors allege that he spoke to neighborhood kids and told them he was “Jolly Old Saint Nick.”
He was given a polygraph test that detected deception when he said he has never had any “hands-on” activity with children, Wildman said.
According to the Mayo Clinic, 76 percent of pornography offenders have molested a child, Wildman noted.
He says 20 years in prison is a long sentence in a child porn case.
Brock, who faced more than 100 years in prison for the 35 counts, won’t be getting out of jail before the age of 85.