ASHLAND - Former Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Tyler Anderson was sentenced Monday to three years in prison. He also will be required to register as a Tier 2 sex offender.
Anderson, 44, of Ashland, was assigned to the Ashland Post until he was arrested in August for using a spy camera to videotape four teen victims in his home. The victims ranged in age from 14 to 18.
Anderson pleaded guilty last month to four charges, including two second-degree felony counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material and two misdemeanor counts of voyeurism. He was facing a maximum of 16 years in prison.
During the sentencing hearing in Ashland County Common Pleas Court, defense attorney Robert Whitney described Anderson's background, which included four years of service in the United States Air Force, two and a half years working for Wooster Brush Company, and just shy of 20 years with the highway patrol.
Anderson had no prior felonies and was active in the community, including his work with youth sports leagues.
Then Anderson addressed the court, calling his criminal behavior the biggest regret of his life.
"I wish the victims were here so I could tell them face-to-face how sorry I am about everything," he said. "I'm so sorry that everybody has to go through this."
Anderson went on to say he has not missed a single Christmas with his three kids.
"Just the thought of not getting to spend Christmas with them, not getting to see them grow up, seriously just makes my heart ache," he said. "Your honor, I'm just sorry. I'm sorry I'm an embarrassment to my family."
Judge Ronald Forsthoefel said he considered Anderson's service to his country and to the state as well as his low likelihood of recidivism as positive factors when determining Anderson's sentence.
Weighing negatively against Anderson, however, was what the judge perceived to be a lack of remorse from the defendant.
Forsthoefel said Anderson's pre-sentence investigation included comments from Anderson stating that his reason for creating some of the videos was to catch kids misbehaving in the bathroom, not to engage in voyeurism.
"That to me shows a lack of remorse, and you're still trying to excuse the conduct away," Forsthoefel said.
Forsthoefel said he also considered two victim impact statements, including one from Anderson's former spouse and one from someone representing one or more of the victims. None of the victims chose to speak in court.
As part of a plea agreement, the prosecutor's office did not weigh in on sentencing.