WILMINGTON — A 33-year-old man received a five-year prison term in a local sexual battery case.
Christopher J. Howell of Springfield occupied a position of trust to the victim, who was younger than 13 during much of the alleged time frame of the activity.
“There are egregious facts involved in the criminal activity that appears to have gone unreported for a protracted period,” stated Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck in his filed judgment entry.
“While defendant has an honorable military record serving his country and clearly has family support, there appears to be a dark side to defendant not transparent to most. Defendant is not remorseful; he is not repentant; he proclaims his innocence while simultaneously admitting his guilt,” the judge added.
Howell pled guilty to sexual battery, a second-degree felony, as part of a plea agreement.
Rudduck also stated, “He [Howell] betrayed that [position of] trust in a horrific manner.”
As a tier 3 sex offender, Howell is required to verify in person his residency every 90 days for life.
His place of residence will be determined upon his release from prison, according to a court paper.
Jacce Onamae Hughes, 40, of Wilmington, received a seven-month prison term for aggravated trafficking in fentanyl, and for possessing the drugs hydrocodone and oxycodone.
Hughes already was in prison for a separate Clinton County felony conviction and was transported from the Ohio Reformatory for Women facility to the Clinton County Common Pleas Courtroom for the sentencing hearing in the more recent case.
As part of a plea agreement, the defendant agreed to forfeit $460 in cash — believed to be related to her drug trafficking — to the Wilmington Police Department for use consistent with the law.
After her release from state prison, Hughes may then be supervised for three years by the Ohio Adult Parole Authority.
At other recent sentencing hearings:
• Brooke L. Bailey, 26, of Leesburg, received an 18-month prison term for failing to comply with a signal or an order of a police officer in Clinton County. She was granted time credit of 119 days she had already spent in jail on the case. Her operator’s license was suspended for three years.
• Jacob Gideon Juilfs, 27, of Wilmington, was put on community controls for two years after being found guilty of drug possession and failing to appear in court as ordered. As part of his sanctions, he must take part in programming in the residential STAR Community Justice Center. Sentenced to a six-month term of incarceration, he was granted time credit for 100 days served in jail on the possession case, and 57 days served in the failing to appear case.
• Trisha A. Yeager, 29, of Sabina, was placed on a two-year term of community controls after she was found guilty of escape. She received a six-month suspended jail term, with credit for five days spent in jail. She must pay all court costs of the case.
• Matthew S. Addison, 22, of Clarksville, was placed under community controls for two years and fined $500 for failing to appear in court. He received a suspended six-month jail term.
• Beverly D. Blackwell, 38, of Hillsboro, received a two-year term of community control sanctions after a conviction in Clinton County for possessing drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She received a suspended six-month jail term, with credit for 59 days she spent in jail.
• Tyler D. Robinson, 31, of Hillsboro, will be on community controls for two years for failing to comply with a signal or an order of a police officer in Clinton County. As one of the conditions of the community controls, Robinson must take part in a STAR Community Justice Center residential program.
His sentence included a six-month jail term, with credit for eight days served. Also, Robinson’s operator license was suspended for three years.
• Christian A. Blount, 21, of Goshen, was sentenced for vehicular assault and for operating a vehicle under the influence. He will be on community controls for two years, and must pay a $375 fine. His operator license will be suspended for a year.
Blount must go through programming at the residential STAR Community Justice Center, and he received a six-month jail sentence with 96 days credited for time already served in jail.
Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.
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