breaking news

LOCAL IMPACT: Government shutdown threatens 100th birthday party for Springfield veteran

Springfield man gets six months for sexually assaulting 3-year-old


A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old in Clark County will serve six months in jail, five years of probation and complete a sex offender treatment program.

Kenneth Sammons, 25, pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition in Clark County Common Pleas Court and was sentenced by Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard O’Neill earlier this month. The maximum sentence he faced was five years in prison, according to Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Picek, and prosecutors asked for prison time during sentencing.

RELATED: Springfield man accused of sexually assaulting 3 year old

“While we respect the judge’s decision to sentence Sammons to community control, jail and an inpatient secured facility sex offender treatment program, obviously we felt a prison sentence was the more appropriate disposition, and that is why we argued for one at sentencing,” Picek said.

Sammons will have to register as a tier two sex offender for the next 25 years.

Sammons’ attorney, Anthony Vannoy, didn’t return a phone call seeking comment this week.

The mother of the victim reported Sammons to the sheriff’s office, according to court records.

Clark County Deputy Debra Strileckyj wrote in an affidavit that the mother said that she, Sammons and the 3-year-old were sleeping in the same bed at the Drake Motel when she felt the bed shake.

READ MORE: Mask-wearing Springfield man accused of breaking into cars

“She pulled back the blankets and saw Sammons completely naked,” the court records say.

The affidavit says the child was sleeping and Sammons allegedly was knowingly assaulting the child.

“She pushed him away from the child and confronted his actions,” the report says.

Sammons later said he didn’t know what he was doing that night, Picek said.

“Sammons later told the girlfriend during a recorded phone call that he thought it was her and not the child,” Picek said.

“The facts of this case were unique, and as I described them at the sentencing hearing, inexplicable,” Picek said.

MORE: About 10K sign Springfield petition to charge people who overdose

The child’s diaper was on during the assault, Picek said, and Sammons pleaded to the most serious offense he could have been charged with based on the facts.

Sammons’ treatment will take six months to complete, Picek said, and with the jail sentence, he will be incarcerated for a year.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Crime

Researchers find meteorites from Michigan meteor
Researchers find meteorites from Michigan meteor

Researchers with the American Meteor Society found two meteorites just days after a meteor lit up the sky across part of Michigan, according to a tweet from AMS. “We are happy and excited to report, two meteorites from the Jan. 16th fall have been found in Michigan,” the Thursday tweet said. “Congratulations to Robert Ward and Larry...
For the love of all things gooey: It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day
For the love of all things gooey: It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day

Cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss, Parmesan: the list of cheeses people enjoy around the world goes on and on. January 20th, National Cheese Lover’s Day, is the day set aside to celebrate them all. There’s plenty of cheese lovers across the country who are no doubt enjoying their favorite variety on everything from crackers to pizza. But how much...
ICYMI: 4 top crime stories from this week
ICYMI: 4 top crime stories from this week

Here are four crime stories from the Springfield News-Sun that broke this week: Woman charged with hitting 6-year-old in head with belt A Springfield woman has been charged with assault and child endangerment after allegedly hitting a 6-year-old boy in the head with a belt. The incident allegedly occurred at a home in the 2000 block of Clifton Avenue...
Crowded governor field puts Democratic race up for grabs
Crowded governor field puts Democratic race up for grabs

Nobody denies the Democratic field of candidates running for Ohio governor is crowded. But the whether that is a good thing for the party — and its fortunes in November — depends on how the five candidates behave, according to political experts and party officials. “I am not sure we can assume that a tight primary will damage a candidate...
Shutdown: Air Force museum closes: Wright-Patt workers face furlough
Shutdown: Air Force museum closes: Wright-Patt workers face furlough

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force closed Saturday after initially opening in the morning in the midst of a federal government shutdown. Hundreds of people had trekked inside the world’s largest military aviation museum Saturday morning before the closure at 1 p.m. The fallout was the latest from the federal closure expected to affect...
More Stories