Crime

James Oliver Drorbaugh of Arizona, Child-Porn Collector, Faces Four to Six Years in Slammer

James Oliver Drorbaugh, 35, will get four to six years in prison when he's sentenced on May 6 for possessing child pornography, his plea agreement shows.

Drorbaugh, who's lived in Payson and Chandler, was busted in 2011 after an undercover FBI agent downloaded child porn from his computer using a file-sharing site.

Following a raid of his home and search of his computer and storage media, the FBI found more than a thousand child-porn videos and hundreds of still photos.

Besides the images and videos of adolescent and prepubescent kids engaged in sexual act with both kids and adults, "some of the images contained in this library portrayed sadistic and/or masochistic conduct," court records state.

In an interview with agents, Drorbaugh admitted he possessed at least one image showing an actual child participating in a sex act; records state it depicts a prepubescent girl performing oral sex on an adult woman.

Last month, Drorbaugh pleaded guilty to possession of a single image of child porn, though not necessarily the image described above,

Drorbaugh wasn't jailed after the raid and he was even allowed to continue using a computer, as long as he didn't try to access any pornographic sites. But, as mentioned, his agreement stipulates that he'll serve at least four years in prison, and will have to register as a sex offender when he gets out.

U.S. District Judge Susan R Bolton could give him as many as six years under the agreement, but also has the option to cancel the plea deal if she doesn't believe the agreement or range of prison time is appropriate.

We weren't able to reach Drorbaugh this afternoon, but we did speak with his attorney, Howard Snader.

Snader says that while Drorbaugh "freely acknowledges" that he had child porn on his computer, he says his client wasn't responsible for everything the FBI found on the hard drive.

The man who "introduced" Drorbaugh to child porn apparently downloaded some of the files, Snader says. That man received a nine-year prison term in an unrelated case involving child porn and drugs, he says.

"Mr. Drorbaugh was sloppy about who had access to his computer," Snader says. "(He) has always maintained that the nastier, prepubescent child porn was downloaded by other individuals."

Snader goes on to say, however, that the one picture to which Drorbaugh admitted to possessing was "nasty."

Sounds like Drorbaugh could have done much worse than this plea deal.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.