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A former resident of Ventura pleaded guilty on Monday to giving methamphetamine to eight minors and two counts of having sex with a minor.

Thomas Seaton Gibson, 42, will go to trial in Ventura County Superior Court today for allegedly possessing child pornography.

Gibson, who now lives in Orange County, pleaded guilty on Monday to eight counts of supplying methamphetamine to a minor, involving eight victims; one count of child endangerment involving a relative; one count of unlawful intercourse with a minor, and one count of oral copulation with a minor.

In a related-crime, Gibson will go on trial today for one count of possession of child pornography.

Prosecutor Cynthia Nguyen said one of the named victims was a relative of the defendant and the other victims were all acquainted through high school. “They met through casual introduction,” she said.

The victims ranged in age from 15 to 17 and the crimes occurred in 2007 and 2008, said Nguyen.

She said Gibson will be sentenced later on the felony crimes he pleaded guilty to on Monday. Nguyen said he is facing up to 33 years in prison on those charges.

Nguyen said Ventura Police Department officers found that Gibson was involved in numerous incidents, and it was difficult to pinpoint dates and the exact chronology.

“There were different occasions. There were configurations of who was present on each separate occasion. We are not even sure how many occasions there actually were,” she said.

Gibson chose not to have the remaining possession of child pornography allegation tried by a jury. So Judge Patricia Murphy will preside over the matter. If Gibson is convicted on the child pornography charge, Nguyen said Gibson could get an additional eight months behind bars.

“We don’t have any evidence that there was any dispersing of the alleged porn,” she said.

Nguyen said the crimes were discovered when one of the victims came forward and police were contacted. She said police executed a search warrant in this case.

Nguyen said parents should be aware of who their children are hanging around with.

“Talk to your kids. Meet some of the people they are hanging with and don’t be afraid to parent. If you don’t like what you see, you should do something about it,” she said. “These are kids. We don’t trust them to make well reasoned decisions. That’s why they have their parents.”

Gibson’s lawyer, Brian Vogel, couldn’t be reached for comment today.

http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/07/former-ventura-man-pleads-guilty-to-giving-drugs/

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