Vandalia Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison on Child Porn Charges

Vandalia Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison on Child Porn Charges

FAYETTE COUNTY — A 38-year-old Vandalia man was sentenced Tuesday in Fayette County court to 30 years in prison on 10 felony counts of child pornography crimes.

Ryan J. Koontz was facing up to 116 years in prison on all 10 charges against him. Judge Marc Kelly convicted Koontz in February of two Class X felony counts producing child pornography and eight counts Class 2 felony possession of child pornography.

On Tuesday Judge Kelly sentenced Koontz to 15 years each for both Class X offenses with the sentences to be served consecutively and three years each supervised release.

The judge said a heavy sentence was necessary to deter others from committing the same or a similar crime.

Kelly then sentenced Koontz to 4-years probation on each of the eight Class 2 felonies.

Koontz will be given credit for time served in the Fayette County Jail and will receive day-for-day good time credit.

He has been held in the Fayette County Jail since his arrest in May 2017 after failing to appear in court for a jury trial in the case. At that time he had been free on bond since shortly after his 2014 arrest in the case.