A prominent Ottawa County doctor was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday for pandering obscenity involving a minor.
Dr. Marc LeDuc, 43, 4400 block of E. Peachton Drive, was wearing a brown suit and tie and appeared calm and unemotional as Visiting Judge J. Ronald Bowman read off LeDuc's sentence in the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas.
LeDuc was arrested in August for sending pornographic pictures to an undercover New Hampshire police detective posing as a 14-year-old boy.
Before the sentence was read, LeDuc addressed the court and his family.
"I wish to truly and humbly apologize to the court and my family," LeDuc said.
After LeDuc spoke to the judge, he turned to family and friends in the courtroom.
"I'm very sorry," he said. "I love you very much."
LeDuc's attorney, Theodore Tucker III, pleaded with Bowman to give LeDuc a lighter sentence.
"I would certainly not make light of this," Tucker said. "Obviously, what he did was a mammoth error in judgment."
Tucker said that in all likelihood, LeDuc will lose his license to practice medicine.
"His medical license and profession as a physician is dear to him," he said. "Whatever demons drove him to do this was not part and parcel with his profession."
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, LeDuc still had an active medical license with the State Medical Board of Ohio.
"I'm a father and a grandfather," said Bowman as he addressed LeDuc. "I just can't get over in my mind how these things come about. It's just too bad a brilliant person and well-educated and well-respected person got involved in something like this."
LeDuc was convicted in March for two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor and one count of attempted pandering obscenity involving a minor, all felonies.
He was sentenced to six years in prison, and will receive credit for the 280 days he has already served.
"You have a long life ahead of you. I don't know what else to say," Bowman said. "Seeing those young boys and transmitting those pictures cannot be tolerated."
Tucker was disappointed with the judge's sentence since judicial release will not be possible until five years into LeDuc's sentence.
"I think he's a good man who did a bad thing," Tucker said. "Obviously, he's paying the price."
Before the sentencing, LeDuc was classified as a sexually-oriented offender, the lowest mandatory classification.
LeDuc's attorney, Lorin J. Zaner, said that the classification was justified since LeDuc has had no prior record or history of drug or alcohol abuse.
LeDuc, a family practice doctor, also coached the Fremont Youth Hockey Boosters Association's 15- to 18-year-old team.