Man sentenced after child rape photos found in donated tote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison under a plea deal after prosecutors say an Ohio thrift store worker found photos of him sexually assaulting a toddler that were in a tote bag he’d donated.

The Columbus Dispatch reports 49-year-old Gary Sovie pleaded guilty to rape and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.

He also was sentenced on Thursday to the maximum fine of $35,000 plus court costs. He will have to register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors say a Salvation Army worker in Columbus found 32 photos, some showing a naked girl and others showing a man sexually assaulting the child.

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Authorities identified Sovie because the bag contained his mail. They say he told them he’s a “sick person.”

Sovie apologized in court.

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