A 71-year-old Sandusky man pleaded guilty Monday in Erie County Common Pleas Court to allegations of photographing nude boys in his apartment.
James S. Gallagher, 300 block E. Market St., pleaded guilty to eight felony counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, according to court documents. Dismissed were 10 additional counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material and five other counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor.
He was arrested Jan. 29 after a 16-year-old Sandusky boy and a 15-year-old Huron boy told police Gallagher had been photographing them in the nude for the past year in exchange for money, police said.
The photographs — thousands of them going back three or four years, according to Sandusky Det. Sgt. John Orzech — appear to have been taken in his apartment.
Gallagher agreed to being classified as a Tier Two sexual offender, requiring him to register every 180 days for the next 25 years.
He could face a maximum of 12 years in prison, five years of post release control and be ordered to pay restitution to the victim of $40,000.
Gallagher is scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 10.