By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
A 46-year-old Drummond man who pleaded guilty in April to a count of aggravated possession of child pornography received a 25-year sentence Thursday afternoon.
District Judge Paul Woodward ordered Robert Shane Seibert to serve 15 years in prison, with an additional 10 years of probation, following a sentencing hearing.
“Mr. Seibert, you have come to this court and admitted what you have done is wrong and that does take some courage,” Woodward said. “However, the problem I have with this case is a heinous crime against society, especially when the victims are little children, demands punishment.”
Woodward then delivered Seibert’s sentence, also ordering him to undergo two years supervision following his release, complete any available sex offender treatment inside and out of prison, and ordering him to pay court costs.
Seibert had taken the stand during the hearing, saying he did so, “Just to go ahead and admit my problem, what I did. So you can see my remorse.”
Assistant District Attorney Tallena Hart asked the court to send Seibert to prison for 25 years.
She said the case against Seibert showed he had accumulated some 4,200 images of child porn with 285 reports from investigators that identified those victimized in the images.
Hart requested a 40-year sentence, with 25 years to serve and 15 suspended.
Seibert’s attorney, Robert Faulk, argued during the hearing that sending his client to prison would not prevent the manufacturing or viewing of child pornography.
He also pointed to 18 months of counseling his client had undergone since his arrest, as well as testing that showed he was not a high risk to re-offend.
“Sending Mr. Seibert to prison for 25 years will not stop child pornography,” Faulk said. “Sending Mr. Seibert to prison for 25 years will not make these children whole.”
Investigators were led to Seibert’s home when the IP address of a computer sharing known files of child pornography was traced to a residence in Drummond.
Enid Police Department and Garfield County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at Seibert’s home and seized several computers and media storage devices.
EPD detectives spoke with Seibert at his place of employment, and he admitted to downloading files of child pornography at his home.
After the hearing Thursday, Faulk said he disagreed that prison time was the best sentence for Seibert.
“The judge has wide latitude on what kind of sentences he can hand out, and in some cases prison time would be completely appropriate,” Faulk said. “However, in this case, the evidence showed that Mr. Seibert was a low risk of re-offending to the community, showed remorse and did almost two years of counseling.
“A 15-year sentence served no purpose and is a flat waste of taxpayer resources.”
Seibert was remanded into custody of Garfield County Sheriff’s Office after the hearing.