Springfield 18-year-old sentenced to prison for sex with 12-year-old

A Springfield 18-year-old was sentenced to four years in prison after he was accused of having sex with a 12-year-old.

Tyler Pratt pleaded guilty to a charge of felony gross sexual imposition in Clark County Common Pleas Court, according to online court records by the clerk of courts office, and was sentenced to serve time in prison.

Springfield police began their investigation on Feb. 1 when Pratt was accused of having sex with a 12-year-old, an affidavit filed in the case says.

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“On Feb. 7, a forensic interview of the child victim was conducted at the Clark County Child Advocacy Center …,” the affidavit says. “The child victim disclosed  … that she had consensual sex with Mr. Pratt at an address on Lagonda Avenue.”

On March 29, the affidavit says police spoke with Pratt.

“Mr. Pratt was read his Miranda rights and stated he understood them,” the affidavit says. “Mr. Pratt then corroborated much of the child victim’s offense. Mr. Pratt acknowledged he thought the child victim was 15 years of age at the time of the offense.”

Pratt was charged and booked into the Clark County Jail at that time, the affidavit says.

Pratt was eventually indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on a charge of gross sexual imposition. According to court records he pleaded guilty to the felony in the third degree on June 28 and was sentenced by Clark County Common Pleas Judge Douglas Rastatter on Friday.

“Judgment entry of conviction to penitentiary—-defendant convicted of gross sexual imposition f3—-defendant ordered to serve 4 years in prison with jail time credit from 03/29/2019 to 04/01/2019 and 07/19/2019 until conveyed to prison,” the court records say.

Pratt was classified by Rastatter as a Tier II sex offender, meaning he will have to register his address every 180 days with his local sheriff’s office for 25 years, and also was ordered to pay all costs and fees, according to the court record.

A call requesting comment from Pratt’s attorney, Jon Rion, wasn’t returned.

A warrant to convey Pratt to the Ohio State penitentiary system was issued, the online records indicate. He is currently in custody at the Clark County Jail.

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