Man gets two years for rape of a minor

WARREN — A 54-year-old member of the local Amish community was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison on a conviction of two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Daniel R. Kurtz of Wilcox Road in Mesopotamia appeared in orange coveralls with his two attorneys for a sentencing hearing before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew D. Logan.

Kurtz, with longer gray hair and a thin beard, heard defense attorney Lynn Maro plead his case for probation. Maro said the man was not likely to reoffend, considering he had undergone extensive counseling and treatment since his arrest last fall.

“He had no prior arrests,” Maro said.

However, Logan acknowledged that during his treatment, Kurtz had admitted to sexual contact with other minors, meaning that this offense could happen again. The judge gave the defendant a 24-month sentence and labeled him a Tier 2 sexual offender, meaning after his release he will have to register his address and place of employment every six months with the Sheriff’s Department for 25 years.

Prior to sentencing, Kurtz was contrite, saying he realized the seriousness of the offenses. “I won’t do it again,” he told the judge.

Kurtz, who pleaded guilty to the two third-degree felony counts, had been accused of engaging a 14-year-old boy in oral sex last summer at Kurtz’s rural home. Each charge carried a potential maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Several rows of the large courtroom were filled with members of the Amish community, many of whom came in support of the victim.