Bob Lambert is pictured in Hillsboro Municipal Court. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
Bob Lambert is pictured in Hillsboro Municipal Court. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
Five months after pleading guilty in United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio to felony charges of distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography, former Highland County Visitors Bureau director and Hillsboro city commissions member Bob Lambert appeared in court for sentencing Friday morning.

District Court Judge Susan Dlott sentenced Lambert to 132 months (11 years) on each count, to run concurrently. Lambert is to be placed in the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Ky., and Dlott has ordered that Lambert complete the Bureau of Prisons sex offender treatment program.



Following his release, Lambert will be placed under eight years supervised release on each count, to run concurrently.

The United States had recommended “a total sentence of 200 months on each count to run concurrently,” while Lambert’s attorneys were seeking “the mandatory minimum five years.”

After pleading guilty July 31, 2017, Lambert was released on his own recognizance with “conditions continued and modified to include a curfew and no contact with any witnesses,” according to court documents.

Lambert was indicted on four felony charges by a Hamilton County grand jury on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016.

Local law enforcement confirmed on Sept. 15, 2016 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be the lead investigative authority in the Lambert case, with evidence taken to the FBI’s Cincinnati office.

It was reported on Aug. 18, 2016 that two criminal charges against Lambert had been sent to a Highland County grand jury, following his preliminary hearing Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 in Hillsboro Municipal Court.

A Highland County grand jury was convened Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. However, Lambert was not among those indicted.

Former Hillsboro Police Chief Todd Whited said that as the investigation developed, there was probable cause for the FBI to offer its assistance.

Lambert was arrested at his East Main Street home in Hillsboro on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 and was charged with illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, a second-degree felony; and pandering obscenity with a minor, a fifth-degree felony.

Lambert was terminated Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 as director of the Highland County CVB by board president Tom Horst.

Lambert also was appointed by Hillsboro mayor Drew Hastings to serve on the Hillsboro Planning Commission and the Hillsboro Civil Service Commission.

In letters dated June 23, 2016 – but stamped received by the city on June 22, 2016 – Lambert submitted his resignation from his two city commissions, stating he resigned "due to increasing constraints on my time and other life events."

Both resignations were effective July 1, 2016. However, Lambert answered the roll call and voted during the July 18, 2016 Hillsboro Planning Commission meeting.

Prior to his arrest, Lambert had posted on social media that he was moving to Florida. He was arrested not long after that post.