Medina man, 22, gets prison for sex act with 13-year-old

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 July 2017 at 9:19 am

ALBION – A Medina man was sentenced to 1 ½ in state prison for having criminal sex acts with a girl.

Peter C. Jones, 22, of North Avenue in Medina was 21 when he and the victim had a sexual relationship when she was 13 and 14.

Jones faced a 74-count indictment for the ongoing relationship. He pleaded guilty on July 3 to one count of criminal sexual act in the third degree. He faced a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison.

His attorney, Glenn Pincus, asked for probation during sentencing on Monday. Pincus said Jones had already spent a month in jail.

Pincus questioned some of the presentencing report from probation, including dissemination of indecent materials to minors. Jones faced 27 counts of that charge.

But Pincus said Jones didn’t disseminate any indecent photos. Any images that were “risqué” were taking on the girl’s phone, Pincus said.

He also objected to probation describing Jones as a drug user. Pincus said Jones was an occasional marijuana user, “which doesn’t rise to the level of abuse.”

The attorney said circumstances brought Jones and the girl together. They were often babysitting together when their physical relationship started.

Pincus said the girl was promiscuous with other partners. That drew a strong response from Judge James Punch, who told Pincus to stop disparaging the victim and her family.

Jones addressed the judge and apologized to his friends and family.

“I don’t want to be a burden to them, either,” he said. “Frankly, I’m sick of this and I want it to be over.”

The judge said Jones took advantage of an impressionable girl, and bears fault for her being “sexualized.”

“She didn’t consent,” the judge said. “It’s not legally possible.”

In addition to 1 ½ years in state prison, Jones was sentenced to five years of post-release supervision. He will also likely be a registered sex offender when he is released from prison.

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