Vermilion stepbrothers tangled in child porn case

VERMILION Judgment day came for one stepbrother and awaits another. Joseph Mosijowsky and Steve Gibson shared an apart
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

VERMILION

Judgment day came for one stepbrother and awaits another.

Joseph Mosijowsky and Steve Gibson shared an apartment last year in the 4100 block of Portside Drive within The Village at Edison Creek complex.

They also shared an appetite for child pornography, according to law enforcement officials.

In October, Erie County Common Pleas Judge Tygh Tone signed a search warrant for the Portside Drive home.

What Erie County sheriff deputies found was shocking.

Deputy Jared Oliver and Sgt. Robert Lippert found Gibson in a locked bedroom and he proceeded to tell them he had "several images of child pornography" stored in the memory of his computers.

Gibson was employed at the time as a custodian at Vermilion High School.

His response according to Lippert about being arrested was, "because you found some pictures." The children ranged in age from 1 to 16.

Gibson was charged with eight counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a juvenile.

Gibson, who is free on a $25,000 bond, resigned from his job at the high school. Superintendent Bruce Keller said it was an unpleasant time at the school, but none of the students were victimized by Gibson.

"He had worked here for less than a year during 2006 on second shift as a custodian," Keller said. "He had no access to computers and we do have a firewall to protect against that kind of activity. He resigned after the charges came to light and it was clear he would be incompatible for the position."

Earlier that year, his stepbrother got caught.

An Internet sex crime detective in Fairborn, Ohio, had been posing as a 14-year-old female in February 2006 when Mosijowsky, who was then employed at Kalahari, made contact.

He wanted to meet the female to engage in sexual activity. In August, he then contacted an undercover detective in Williams County seeking a sexual encounter.

In September 2006, Mosijowsky was indicted by Williams County on multiple counts of importuning and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

Todd Snyder, an investigator with the Williams County Prosecutor's office, said Mosijowski pleaded guilty in November to five counts of importuning. He was sentenced Dec. 11 to three years of community control and ordered to pay restitution for court costs.

Williams County Prosecutor Thomas Thompson said Mosijowsky was also designated a sexually oriented offender, which means he must register with local law enforcement once a year for 10 years.

He is working in Lorain County now and is listed on the Erie County Sheriff's office sex offender Web site.

Gibson is represented by Public Defender Nancy Jennings, who has not returned calls for comment.

Assistant Prosecutor Mary Ann Barylski said there has been no plea arrangements made and the case is scheduled for a pre-trial June 18.

Where Gibson is living and working now has not been made available by the court or his attorney.