TOLEDO- Jeffrey L. Perry, 56, formerly of Continental, was sentenced in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, on Dec. 20 to the minimum of five years in prison on one charge of receiving child pornography.

On Oct. 13, 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), assisted by the Continental Police Department and the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, executed a search warrant at 202 South Fifth Street, in Continental. Computers, DVDs, videos, and other computer devices were seized. The FBI arrested Perry on March 23, 2012, for knowingly possessing images of child pornography. He was transported to the Lucas County Jail.

According to Continental Police Chief Arnie Hardy, Perry downloaded over 30,000 photos and over 900 videos of child pornography.

In September and November 2012, Perry was indicted in Putnam County on a total of 15 sex crimes that occurred in Continental from 1999 through 2004, as a result of an investigation conducted by the Continental Police Department, with assistance from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and Putnam County Job and Family Services. Perry pled guilty to three counts of rape, all first-degree felonies, in January 2013. The victim was born in 1989, and was under the age of 13 at the time of the charges. On Feb. 7, 2013, Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Basinger sentenced Perry to life in prison on each count. Perry will not be eligible for parole until he has served 75 years in prison. Perry, who was sentenced on the federal charge by Judge Jack Zouhary, will serve the five-year sentence concurrently with the life sentences. Before imposing the sentence, Judge Zouhary asked Perry why he received the child pornography.

Perry responded, "It was a mistake."

He is currently being held in Federal Correctional Institution in Milan, Michigan.