The Lima News
Let’s hope Gary Badertscher never walks this earth again as a free man.
History shows that is the only way to ensure the safety and well-being of countless children.
The 53-year-old Gilboa man has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1980. It involves pornographic crimes involving children as young as 10 years old in Florida and Ohio. It’s also dotted with crimes of violence and crimes involving weapons.
On Tuesday, Badertscher pleaded guilty to three counts of endangering children, disseminating matter harmful to children, pandering sexual matter involving juveniles, and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.
That doesn’t even include the charges he faced before accepting a plea bargain.
“This is the third round of convictions and very little has changed,” Putnam County Judge Randall Basinger said before handing him a 28-year prison sentence.
If Badertscher served his entire sentence he would be 81 years old before stepping out of prison. We can only hope if that happens, he leaves a rehabilitated person.