A pair of West Chester Township detectives, who helped put two child abusers in prison earlier this year, have received certificates of recognition from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.Detectives Andrew Schweier and Dave Mize of the West Chester Police Department were both recognized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for their work on a child pornography case involving Andrew Keith of Mason.
In May, Keith, 29, was sentenced to 80 years in prison for producing and sharing child pornography. Prosecutors in the case said Keith used his mother’s West Chester day care as a “personal hunting ground for victims” and routinely photographed the boys while he abused them.
In another child pornography case involving a Mason man, Mize received certificates of recognition for his work by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In that case, Ryan Fahrenkamp, 43, was sentenced to 15 years in prison last Tuesday, June 26. The former Lakota school district teacher pleaded guilty last August in U.S. District Court to one count of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He admitted he kept sexual images of children on his school-issued laptop computer and he used the computer to access pornographic websites.
Fahrenkamp said in court documents he took inappropriate photos of a boy during an out-of-state trip. The boy is a former student, according to court documents.
Fahrenkamp most recently taught fifth grade at Endeavor Elementary School in West Chester Township, working 14 years in the Lakota district.
Dan Horn and Paul McKibben contributed to this report