CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Dunbar man who had an extensive collection of child pornography, some of it depicting violence, was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib called the materials "disgusting" and said probation was no option for Ryan Montgomery, 40.
A computer repairman at Quinn Computers in South Charleston discovered the pictures and movies last February. According to court documents, Montgomery took his Sony Vaio laptop to the store and said it was making a "clanking" noise.
A technician couldn't find any clanking, but he did find files containing young children engaged in sexual acts. He notified police, who took possession of the computer and then got a search warrant to check Montgomery's Payne Avenue home and his workplace.
Montgomery was employed at Central Transport in Dunbar. Police confiscated his computer there but found no pornography. At his home, however, authorities carried out a large number of CDs, computer equipment and bags containing sex toys, female clothing and bondage items.
In his car were additional videos, some depicting young girls in violent sexual situations and rape.
A grand jury indicted him on 58 counts of possession of material involving minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He pleaded guilty last year to eight of those counts and the rest were dismissed.
Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Meadows told the judge, "This is one of the most extensive collection of not just adult porn but also child porn that Ms. Lord and I have ever seen."
Meadows and Assistant Prosecutor Erica Lord handle most of the child pornography cases in Kanawha County.
"He had multiple images of little girls in dance and gymnastics situations, pictures that parents took and he perverted them," Meadows said. "There were multiple hard drives and many, many videos with little girls 7 to 12 being sexually assaulted, in bondage, tied up and abused in all ways possible.
"Considering the extensive collection, the bondage and the violence, my concern is what happens when he is desensitized by looking at a computer," she said. "When just looking is not enough, judge.
"He is a danger and a risk, and I ask for the maximum possible sentence," Meadows said.
Montgomery told Zakaib he had watched pornography all his life but was currently in counseling and attending meeting for sex addicts.
"I was watching regular pornography on my home computer and it just kind of grew. I just kind of got numb to it and then started watching the kind that's got me in trouble now," he said.