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Fowler man sent to prison on sex charge

WARREN — A Fowler man tearfully told a Trumbull County judge Wednesday he was sorry for his sexual offenses against a young female relative, but the judge ignored the defense pleas for probation and sentenced the man to 30 months in prison.

Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay also labeled Kyle Scott, 22, of Sodom Hutchings Road, a Tier 2 sexual offender, which means after his sentence, Scott will have to register with the sheriff’s office twice per year for 25 years.

Scott on Dec. 8 pleaded guilty to a bill of information charging him with one count of gross sexual imposition connected to an assault of a now 10-year-old girl. Scott had waived his right to take the case to a grand jury for indictment.

“I’m really sorry … I wish that this had never happened,” Scott told the judge during his sentencing hearing Wednesday.

Defense attorney Ed Hartwig pointed out Scott’s cooperation with prosecutors when asking for probation. But McKay noted the defendant did not show remorse to the young victim or his probation officers during their interview with him in the presentence investigation.

Scott, who was free after posting a $10,000 bond, was handcuffed by deputies and now faces a five-year post-release control after his prison stay.

The court also heard from the father of the victim who wanted a maximum sentence for Scott. The father called it a “rough two years” and the offenses caused “a loss of sleep.”

Acknowledging the defendant’s tears, the father said this “does not excuse the fact that this happened to my daughter.”

The charge stems from an investigation conducted by the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors said the offenses began when the victim was 7 in Alabama and continued in Trumbull County. Assistant Prosecutor Gabriel Wildman said the defendant also may face similar charges in Alabama and South Carolina.

“There were multiple issues that caused this case to take so long, including jurisdictional issues as well as COVID-19,” Wildman said. “I am just happy that we were finally able to deliver a conviction and a prison sentence for the victim and her family.”

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