Ashland teen pleads guilty to 3 sex offenses

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:19 PM

An 18-year-old Ashland man pleaded guilty Friday to repeatedly sexually abusing a boy who is four years younger than himself.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler recommended Jeffrey M. Siron be classified as a habitual sex offender when he is sentenced Nov. 7. That label would require Siron to register his address every six months for the next 25 years after he is released from prison.

Siron pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in exchange for the state dismissing two similar counts. Each charge is punishable by six to 18 months in prison.

Leffler said Siron molested the same boy "for a considerable amount of time," starting before Siron turned 18 on Aug. 8. The indictment indicates the offenses happened between Aug. 5, 2006 and June 30, 2007.

"He's pleading guilty to three separate occasions, which happened in Greenwich," Leffler said.

Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dane Howard, in mid-July, said Siron admitted to sexually abusing two boys, first cousins from Greenwich and Ashland. Howard said Siron knows the two victims, whom he described as "traumatized to say the least," from a distant family relation, but is not related to them.

Leffler asked Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway to revoke Siron's bond Friday. However, the judge ruled to continue his $45,000 bond after Siron's defense attorney said his client "clearly" had no chance to post that much money. Conway prohibited Siron from having contact with the victim if he makes bail.

In a separate hearing Friday, Blaine Butler, 28, of Sandusky, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary, a fifth-degree felony, for a March 22 incident. The state reduced the original charge from a third-degree felony burglary.

Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said Butler, who will be sentenced Nov. 13, trespassed in a relative's Valley Park Drive home and "removed" an Xbox video game system.

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