Fri. 8:55pm: Warren man guilty of fondling boy

WARREN – A jury took a little less than three hours today before finding a local man guilty of three counts of gross sexual imposition on a 10-year-old boy he was helping to watch.

James M. Plevyak had little reaction as Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay read the verdicts. Members of Plevak’s family reacted to the verdict with tears, watching the 29-year-old get handcuffed and taken to jail after the judge revoked his $75,000 bond.

Sentencing will follow a pre-sentence investigation report later.

Plevyak faces up to five years on each of the three counts he was found guilty of by the group of six men and six women.

The panel found him guilty of fondling the boy once when they were in the boy’s bedroom and playing video games. Another guilty verdict came when the victim and defendant were in the bedroom of the victim’s brother and both were laying or playing on a bed. In each case, Plevyak put his hand inside the boy’s pants at the victim’s West Park Avenue home in Niles.

Read the complete story in Saturday’s Tribune Chronicle and