A Vandalia man charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography has turned down a plea offer from the state’s attorney for the third time in about a year. 37-year old Ryan J. Koontz appeared for a pre-trial hearing in Fayette County Court on Thursday. To begin the hearing, defense attorney Ed Veltman informed Judge Wm. Robin Todd that the state had made an offer to his client of 15 years for each of the two Class X felony counts child pornography counts the other 8 felony counts for possession of child pornography would be dismissed. Veltman stated that his client was rejecting that offer and would like to proceed to the scheduled jury trial. When asked by Judge Todd if that information was correct, Koontz stated that Veltman’s account of the offer and rejection was accurate. State’s Attorney Josh Morrison then informed Judge Todd that there were certain rulings made on motions that were made by Judge Don Sheafor prior to his recusal from the case that orders were not entered for at that time and that transcripts have been order from that hearing so that the orders could be entered by Judge Sheafor when they are received and after that a new judge will be assigned to the case due to the recent recusal of Sheafor from the case. A final pre-trial is now set for January 9 at 1pm with the previously scheduled trial date of February 19 at 8:3oam still in place. Koontz remains in custody of the Fayette County Jail following the revocation of his bond after he failed to show up for the first day of his previously scheduled trial on April 24 and 25 before a law enforcement search was enacted to locate him.