Before sentencing, Fraley read a statement telling the judge he was addicted to methamphetamine at the time the crimes were committed, but is now sober and ashamed of his behavior.
He thanked God, and even the Butler County Sheriff’s Office who arrested him, because is is no longer addicted to drugs.
“There is no way a sober me would do something like this,” Fraley said. “Words can not explain how sorry and ashamed I am of my actions while an addict.”
David Fraley, Trevor’s father, cried as he talked about his son’s difficulties caused by his parent’s separation and an injury he suffered will participating in school athletics.
“He got introduced to drugs and it became a very serious problem,” David Fraley said. After getting out of jail, Trevor went to work at his father’s business where he was dedicated and excelled, David Fraley said.
In addition, Trevor has remained sober and is attending church, David Fraley said.
Defense attorney Chris Pagan pointed to Fraley’s positive behavior since his arrest.
“He committed his crimes in a haze of addiction that he been able to come out of. Not an excuse, but it is mitigation,” Pagan said.
Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Heile read in detail the description of sex acts involving pre-pubescent children depicted on videos found in Fraley’s possession. In some cases, it was noted the children were crying and trying to get away while being abused by the adults.
Oster said pornography involving minors is not a victimless crime and even the consumption keeps that enterprise of exploiting children moving forward.
“I don’t know if abhorrent is is strong enough word for what is depicted,” the judge said. But he noted the sentence must also be about balance, noting Fraley’s guilty plea, lack of previous criminal history and behavior since his arrest.
Trevor Fraley, right, with his attorney Chris Pagan, in Butler County Common Pleas Court. LAUREN PACK/STAFF
A computer believed to belong to Fraley contained “a very large amount of child pornography — over 1,200 videos depicting children engaged in sexual activity, much of which has been duplicated by defendant’s backing up the videos from his phone to his computer,” Heile said in court documents.