MARIETTA - A 20-year-old Parkersburg man was sentenced in Washington County Common Pleas Court Thursday to 60 days in jail and five years of community control stemming from two sexual encounters with a minor in late 2011.
Justin L. Haddad of 1014 Laird Ave., Parkersburg, was originally indicted in October on two fourth-degree felony charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a 15-year-old girl in November and December 2011. But he later pleaded guilty to only one of those counts, according to Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.
"We let him plead guilty to one of the two counts, from the second incident that occurred in December," Schneider said. "Both the victim and her grandmother (the victim's legal guardian) agreed to allow that plea."
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Justin L. Haddad leaves the courtroom after being sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years of community control by Washington County Common Pleas Judge Randall Burnworth Thursday afternoon.
He said both Haddad and the victim admitted to having sex on the two occasions, and the victim confirmed she was a willing participant.
The incidents occurred in Belpre on Nov. 28 and Dec. 20, and were investigated by the Belpre Police Department.
Neither the victim nor her grandmother was present during Thursday's sentencing hearing.
Given the opportunity to make a statement prior to his sentencing by Judge Randall Burnworth, Haddad declined.
"This court sentences you to five years under community control," Burnworth said. "This court also sentences you to 60 days in the Washington County Jail, less one day credit for time already served."
The judge said because the offense committed by Haddad was unlawful sexual conduct with a minor he would be required to register as a Tier 1 sex offender for the next 15 years.
Because he plans to reside in Parkersburg after being released from jail, Haddad will be required to register as a sex offender with the Wood County Sheriff's Office by June 26, Burnworth said.
"Prior to this offense you have had no criminal record," Burnworth noted. "You were 10 months older than the law would allow in order for you to have had consensual sex with the victim when this incident occurred. And this sex offender registration will follow you around for a very long time and could present some obstacles in the future. But you made a bad choice and a poor decision."
Haddad could have faced a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison for the fourth-degree felony offense.
"If he had been less than four years older than the victim, the original charges would have been for two misdemeanors," Schneider said. "But if he had been 10 years older than the victim at that time, the charges would have been elevated to two third-degree felony counts."