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Man sentenced to 54 years in child porn ‘library’ case

Ryan Schroeder 26 Valparaiso who is currently United States Navy based Jacksonville Floridwas charged with aiding Child Molestatiaiding Child ExploitatiPossessiChild

Ryan Schroeder, 26 of Valparaiso, who is currently in the United States Navy based in Jacksonville, Florida, was charged with aiding in Child Molestation, aiding in Child Exploitation, Possession of Child Pornography, aiding in Voyeurism, and aiding in Theft. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet

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Updated: February 4, 2013 9:59PM



VALPARAISO — Despite having been found guilty of 23 felonies — most of them related to child sexual exploitation — a Valparaiso native maintained at his Monday sentencing that he was being punished for waiting too long to turn in the woman responsible.

However, Porter County Superior Court Judge Mary Harper did not agree, and she sentenced Ryan Roy Schroeder, 27, to a total of 54 years in prison.

Although good behavior can reduce prison time up to 50 percent, Schroeder must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence for the five highest felonies of Class A felony aiding in child molesting.

Harper sentenced him to 45 years on each of those, to be served concurrently but consecutively to the six years for a seven charges of Class C felony aiding in child exploitation and another three years total for seven Class D felonies of possession of child pornography, aiding in voyeurism and theft.

Some pornography that Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigators found in Schroeder’s possession were images of a local woman, Tara Tryon, 22, in sexual behavior with a 2-year-old boy.

Schroeder, who had been involved with Tryon and was stationed in Florida with the U.S. Navy, emailed those photos to another local woman for her to turn over to police.

The Porter County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Tryon with four counts of Class B felony child molesting, one count Class C child molesting and seven charges of Class C child exploitation.

Harper said before sentencing that Schroeder’s cooperation with authorities was designed to deceive them and blame someone else.

The incidents began in 2008 in Porter County and spread to three other states by the time Schroeder forwarded the pictures in October 2011. Investigators reported that he was in possession of child pornography other than that with Tryon.

“The conduct was part of a scheme ... to obtain a library of child pornography,” Harper said. “This is predatory conduct.”

Schroeder said he plans to appeal the case.

Tryon is scheduled to appear in court again on March 15 and go to trial April 15.



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