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March 30, 2012

Convicted molester faces federal child porn distribution charges

Jeffersonville man faces 60 years if convicted

JEFFERSONVILLE — A Jeffersonville man previously convicted of child molestation as a minor is now facing federal charges for advertising, distributing and possessing child pornography.

David Chad Ammerman, 24, was indicted on the above charges last week. U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett said he does not believe Ammerman was involved in the production of that pornography.

According to the affidavit for arrest warrant, an undercover officer went to a file sharing website and downloaded 21 images from “David-123,” which had a matching IP address to the computer in Ammerman’s home. According to the affidavit, the majority of the images showed child pornography. The affidavit described some of the images, saying one of them involved three prepubescent males engaged in sex acts together.

Ammerman, who lives at home with his mother and stepfather, told investigators that he has a computer in his bedroom that is password-protected. He said he does not give his password out.

Ammerman also told investigators about his child molestation conviction when he was about 16 years old. He said he was sent to the Resolute Center and then to a group home, prior to being released when he turned 18. According to the sex offender registry, Ammerman had been convicted in Shelby County and released Dec. 19, 2005.

According to the affidavit, Ammerman told investigators he used the file-sharing website to download child pornography images and videos for his own use. He would then put those in a share file for others online. He told investigators that he had the program for about two years and accesses it once a day and sometimes multiple times a day.

Investigators found 77 images on Ammerman’s computer, several of which depicted sexually explicit conduct, including prepubescent boys engaged in sex acts, according to the affidavit.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Gayle Helart, who is prosecuting the case, Ammerman faces up to 60 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each charge. Hogsett said due to these being federal charges, if convicted, Ammerman would have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.

Ammerman’s trial is set for April 30. He is being held in the Floyd County Jail.

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