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Sex offender gets 2 years in prison

Cary Ashby • Mar 28, 2019 at 9:00 PM

A sex offender was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for three felonies.

Jonah M. Graf, 22, of Mansfield, pleaded guilty in February to one count each of importuning, theft of credit card and grand theft of firearm. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed two similar felonies and one first-degree misdemeanor of misuse of a credit card.

Graf was convicted a soliciting a victim who was between 13 and 16 years old for unspecified “sexual conduct” Nov. 19, 2017, according to the indictment. Court records also indicate the theft and credit card offenses happened between about Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 while the grand theft was between Dec. 1 and 28.

In addition to his prison sentence, Graf was ordered to pay almost $61 in restitution and classified as a Tier I sex offender.

In other hearings:

• Travis L. McDonald, 31, most recently of 105 Central Ave., Willard, was fined $500 Thursday and ordered to pay $406 in restitution for one count each of breaking and entering and theft of drugs. Also part of his three years of probation, he agreed to the sentence of successfully completing the Teen Challenge program and pay an $80 reimbursement to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office for drug testing. Teen Challenge is an intense, Christian-based program that lasts one year to 18 months for people of all ages with life-controlling addictions.

• Rafael A. Mendez Jr., 41, most recently of 11316 Bellamy Road, Berlin Heights, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of obstruction of justice in exchange for the dismissal of one charge each of intimidation and aggravated menacing.  Out on a $15,000 bond, he will be sentenced May 2.

• Amy S. Pridemore, 46, most recently of 2787 Ohio 99, Willard, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of drugs. She then was fined $250 and sentenced to a 90-day discretionary jail sentence as part of her three years of probation. Pridemore’s probation officer has the option of when to impose part or all of the time without a hearing.

• Sherrie L. Sullivan, 55, of Tiffin, was sentenced Wednesday to complete a four- to six-month term in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) for tampering with evidence. Also as part of her three years of probation, she was fined $250 and must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $160. Sullivan will remain in the Huron County Jail until she is transferred to a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

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