PORTLAND, Ore. - A former realtor from Lincoln County, Ore., was sentenced this afternoon to five years in prison and five years of supervised release for receiving child pornography, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Gerhard "Gary" Geisler, 66, of Otis, Ore., pleaded guilty in January 2009 to receiving child pornography. He came to the attention of ICE investigators after he repeatedly paid for subscriptions to access a variety of commercial child pornography web sites starting in 2003.
In May 2007, ICE agents contacted Geisler at his home and obtained his computer. A forensic examination of the computer revealed still and video images of child pornography. A second search of his home in April 2008 resulted in the seizure of another computer that also contained child pornography. Some of the files had been downloaded from a paid subscription web site as recently as March 2008.
"Too many individuals mistakenly believe the anonymity of cyberspace shields them from scrutiny," said Leigh Winchell, special agent in charge of ICE's Office of Investigations that oversees Oregon. "ICE maintains its resolve to bring to justice those who seek to sexually exploit society’s most precious gift – our children."
ICE was assisted in this investigation by the Lincoln City Police Department and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. The charges against Geisler are the result of Operation Predator, an ongoing ICE initiative to identify, investigate, and arrest those who prey on children. ICE encourages the reporting of suspected child predators through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or www.cybertipline.com.