|Man jailed for having sex with 13-year-old|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Saturday, 02 March 2013 08:17|
A North Baltimore man will spend five years in prison for sexual conduct with a 13-year-old girl.
David T. Powell, 25, changed his plea on Friday morning and was found guilty of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Powell appeared before Judge Alan Mayberry. Through a negotiated plea agreement, the charge was amended to a third-degree felony, which was dropped from the original second-degree felony charge. The agreement stipulated the prosecution drop a specification regarding his March 2011 conviction for a similar crime in Wood County Common Pleas Court.
Heather Baker, an assistant Wood County prosecuting attorney, told Mayberry that had the case gone to trial, the necessary witnesses would have testified that Powell had sexual relations with the teen last April 5 resulting in her pregnancy. Though she did not carry the baby to term, paternity tests determined that Powell was the father.
In addition to pleading to the new charge, Powell admitted a community control violation of his prior case.
When given the chance to address the court, Powell apologized, saying that he had put himself into a bad situation.
"I really want to put myself on a better path and get myself home to see my kids and my family."
Through a stipulated agreement, the judge followed the recommended five-year maximum prison sentence for the crime. The judge also ordered 18 months in prison on the probation violation and ordered the sentences to be served concurrently.
Mayberry also ordered a mandatory five-year post-release control sanction and read Powell his requirements to register as a Tier II sexual offender. That level requires in-person registration with the sheriff's office where he resides, works or goes to school for 25 years.
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