Two Sidney men sentenced to nearly 30 years for child sex crimes


By Shannon Bohle - [email protected]



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SIDNEY – Two Sidney men were sentenced to nearly 30 years of combined prison time on child pornography charges, one in the Shelby County Common Pleas Court and the other in federal court.

David (“Dave”) Todd McMahan, 54, of Sidney, was sentenced on Jan. 12, 2022, to serve a total of between 20 and 22 consecutive years in prison for five counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, each being second-degree felonies. (On the first count McMahan was given four to six years, and for the remaining four counts, four years each). He must also pay all costs of prosecution. Following release, McMahan will face five years of mandatory probation. As a Tier II sex offender, McMahan must also register any change of address, lodging, employment, or education, and be verified every 180 days for 25 years.

Initially, McMahan was indicted on 17 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor or impaired person, each being second-degree felonies, and one count of voyeurism, a second-degree misdemeanor. On or about Jan. 8 and Feb. 15, 2020, McMahan allegedly created other obscene materials involving minors (four instances). Then, between April and July 2021, McMahan allegedly filmed and created obscene material involving a nude 14-year-old child (11 instances), as well as a 12-year-old child (two instances). Finally, during July 2021, McMahan was allegedly found to have video recorded another in a state of nudity. McMahan entered a guilty plea on Nov. 30, 2021, to five counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor (that was not his daughter) wherein all other charges would be dismissed by the state.

McMahan could have faced a maximum penalty of up to 44 years in prison, $75,000 in fines, five years of mandatory post-release probation, and being subject to the terms required of a registered sex offender.

Aaron Lee Smith, 31, of Sidney, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of distribution of child pornography and was sentenced to 7 1/2 years (90 months) in prison on Dec. 9, 2021.

According to court documents released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, Smith collected 773 images and 1,670 videos of child pornography, including infants and toddlers, that depicted rape, sexual abuse, bestiality, and sadism.

The court documents state “Smith traded child pornography images with others online and discussed his enjoyment of the material with them.”

Four other court sentences were issued for drug trafficking and possession, guns, and aggravated burglary.

Terian Michael Oldham, 33, of Oak Park, Michigan, was sentenced to 11 months in prison (less two days of jail credit), $105 to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and all costs of prosecution, for one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. Oldham was initially indicted on three drug-related charges for events occurring on or about Nov. 2, 2020: aggravated possession of drugs (Oxycodone), and possession of drugs (marijuana), and possessing criminal tools (bags and scales), all fifth-degree felonies. On June 18, 2021, he entered a guilty plea for one count of aggravated possession of drugs and the state dismissed the other two indictments.

Robert L. Doss, 29, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced to five years of probation (with two days of jail credit), $300 in fines, all costs of prosecution, the forfeiture of $465, and surrender of his pistol. as well as the successful completion of drug and alcohol counseling. Doss was initially indicted on six felony charges: trafficking in drugs (cocaine, exceeding 27 grams), a first-degree felony, two counts of trafficking in drugs (marijuana, Xanax), each being a fifth-degree felony, possessing criminal tools (bags), a fifth-degree felony, receiving stolen property (a loaded Smith and Wesson M&P 40 caliber pistol), and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle (the loaded pistol was stored under the passenger-side seat below a bag), a fourth-degree felony. The grand jury found $465 in cash was derived from the commission of a felony. On Dec. 8, 2021, Doss entered a guilty plea to one count of the reduced charge of trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony, and one count of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, where the state agreed to dismiss all other counts.

Brett A. North, 37, of Sidney, was sentenced to five years of probation (with 48 days of jail credit), successful treatment at the WORTH center or other community-based correctional facility, as well as all costs of prosecution for aggravated burglary, a third-degree felony. He was initially indicted for the same charge, but as a first-degree felony. On or about Aug. 9, 2021, North allegedly forced entry into an occupied house, located at 100 Brooklyn Ave. in Sidney, with the intention to harm the victim. In 2020, North was previously indicted for breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, reduced to petty theft, a second-degree misdemeanor, and was sentenced to up to five years of probation, along with drug and alcohol counseling and all costs of prosecution. On Nov. 23, 2021, North pleaded guilty to the amended charge of aggravated burglary, a third-degree felony.

The inability to follow the rules of probation resulted in additional sentencing.

Dexter K. Watson, 31, of Lexington, Kentucky (relocated on Dec. 17, 2021, to Detroit, Michigan), was sentenced t0 30 days in the Shelby County Jail for violating probation. On or about April 29, 2015, Watson allegedly attempted to dispose of drugs stored in bags while fleeing officers. Watson was initially indicted for tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony (reduced to attempted tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony), two counts of drug possession (heroin, cocaine), a fifth-degree felony, possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony that was dismissed, and failure to comply with order or signal of an officer, a first-degree misdemeanor) that was dismissed. Watson was sentenced to a $300 fine, five years of probation, a six-month suspension of his driver’s license, and all costs of prosecution. As stipulated in the sentencing document filed Jan. 7, 2016, violating his sentence “shall lead to a more restrictive sanction or a longer sanction, including a basic prison term of 18 months as to Count I and 12 months each as to Counts II and III, concurrent, including up to three years post release control conditions,” (that is, probation). On Dec. 8, 11, and 16, 2021, the probation officer noted Watson failed to report to his scheduled visit.

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By Shannon Bohle

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