Warren man faces molestation charges

WARREN – A 29-year-old Warren man repeatedly molested a 10-year-old boy he was baby-sitting, often giving the boy a bath while exposing himself and groping the youth, according to an assistant prosecutor.

James M. Plevyak of Idylwild Street also is accused of showing the boy – now a 12-year-old sixth-grader in Youngstown – pornography that he had on his cell phone.

”He would wash me, mostly over at his house,” the boy told a jury of six men and six women hearing the case against Plevyak that got under way Tuesday in the courtroom of Judge W. Wyatt McKay. ”I finally told him I wanted to take a shower by myself.”

Testimony from the victim continues this afternoon when Plevyak’s attorney Brendan Keating cross-examines the boy.

Plevyak is already a convicted sex offender, according to a Trumbull Sheriff’s Office website. As a Tier II sex offender convicted of a pornography-related charge in the U.S. Navy, Plevyak is required to register with authorities twice a year for 25 years.

He faces up to five years on any of four charges of gross sexual imposition and up to 18 months on the fourth-degree felony charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

The five-count secret indictment against Plevyak accuses him of the crimes between June of 2010 and June of 2012.

And assistant county prosecutor Gabe Wildman said some of the acts occurred at the defendant’s home but most occurred at the West Park Avenue, Niles, home where the boy lived with his mother, grandfather and a brother.

The victim’s grandfather dated Plevyak’s mother and they and Plevyak baby-sat the two boys while the defendant’s mother worked waiting tables in the evening.

”He violated the trust of this 10-year-old he was supposed to be baby-sitting,” Wildman said, describing a situation where Plevyak would play ”Call to Duty” with the boy on his Xbox 360 upstairs while other adults and the boy’s younger brother were downstairs.

The boy admitted on the witness stand Tuesday that Plevyak, whom he called ”Jimmy” or ”Uncle Jimmy,” never threatened him but several times urged him to keep secret the fact that he would unzip his pants and expose himself to the youngster.

Wildman said the victim’s mother is expected to testify how her son became more withdrawn and his grades started dropping during the period.

Dave Smith with Children Services and Lt. Dan Adkins with Niles Police Department are scheduled to testify later in the case along with Bill Evans, a polygraph expert from Akron who reported deception on the part of Plevyak during a stipulated polygraph examination after the allegations surfaced.