Shelby man pleads guilty to child porn possession.

April 8, 2019

Rodney Ramthun with defense attorney Terry Shaw.

Shelby man pleads guilty to child porn possession.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — A 52-year-old Shelby man faces serving a minimum prison term of nearly four years after pleading guilty in 27th Circuit Court Monday, April 8, to child sexually abusive material possession and fourth-offense habitual offender.

Rodney Alvin Ramthun, of 4080 W. Baker Rd., is currently incarcerated in the Oceana County Jail on a cocaine delivery conviction.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 10-46 months, and Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon is recommending a prison term of 46 months to 15 years.

Part of the plea deal is that Ramthun will not face any other charges. Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon said other potential charges came to light after additional pornographic material was allegedly found on Ramthun’s phone.

Ramthun was arrested last August stemming from a November 2017 raid of his home by the State, Sheriffs’, Chiefs’ Enforcement of Narcotics Team (SSCENT), which ultimately led to his most recent conviction of cocaine delivery less than 50 grams March 12, 2018.

He was previously convicted in Oceana County of second-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) April 17, 1995; second-degree CSC April 1, 1996; and felony assault March 21, 2014.

Ramthun is currently serving one year in jail for his drug conviction.

He testified Monday that he was in possession of a video that showed an underage girl performing oral sex.

Sentencing is set for June 3 at 9 a.m.

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