A man accused of sexual misconduct with an underage girl at the Humane Society Serving Clark County was sentenced to four years in prison.
Demetrice Green, 36, was sentenced by Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard O’Neill on Feb. 12. Green entered an Alford plea to a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. An Alford plea means he didn’t admit to the crime but accepts its punishment.
Green will have to register as a tier two sex offender once he is released from prison, according to the judgment entry filed in the case.
Green was originally charged with three counts of rape, four counts of unlawful sexual conduct and one count of gross sexual imposition. The plea document says that the prosecutor’s office dismissed the remaining counts because Green pleaded.
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A Clark County Sheriff’s Office affidavit says Green, an employee at the animal shelter, and the victim carried on the relationship for about three years.
“A forensic interview of the victim was conducted at our Child Advocacy Center,” Detective Debra Strileckyj wrote. “Juvenile victim disclosed numerous sex acts had occurred with … Green at a location in Clark County where the defendant was an employee.”
The affidavit says the encounters happened between January 2013 and the summer of 2016.
Green entered his plea to the court on Oct. 4, according to court records.
O’Neill took many factors into consideration when deciding the sentence, including oral statements, the seriousness and recidivism factors, he wrote in a judgment entry of conviction.
“The court is guided by the overriding purposes of felony sentencing, including protection of the public from future crime by the offender and punishment of the offender,” O’Neill says in the entry.
A prison sentence is justice, O’Neill said.
“The court further finds that a combination of community control sanctions would demean the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct and its impact on the victim,” the entry says.
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