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Woman gets prison term for having sex with relative, 15

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:46 PM

A Wakeman woman was sentenced Tuesday to 17 months in prison for having sex with a 15-year-old relative and was classified as a habitual sex offender.

Vickie Todd, 34, of 4467 Seminary St., will be required to register and update her address annually with the Huron County Sheriff's Office for the next 20 years after serving her prison term. She pleaded guilty April 4 to an amended count of attempted sexual battery for the offense that happened about Jan. 1, 2006.

Todd threatened the victim to not disclose the offense, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said.

"Vickie Todd is the scariest kind of predator because she waits for her prey to be brought to her," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said while reading a prepared statement.

Shenker said Todd got careless when she had sex with the boy on the living room floor at a friend's house. She asked a witness who caught them in the act to not tell someone about what she saw, but the woman reported the incident to authorities.

The 15-year-old victim, in a prepared statement, requested Conway put Todd in prison "because she hurt me." Shenker said the boy has had difficulty sleeping, is withdrawn and depressed and was forced to quit school because his classmates teased him so much.

Todd also had sex with a 12-year-old relative and told him: "You better do this or I'll tell your father," Shenker said. The prosecutor wondered how many boys would Todd "prey on" before she is punished and recommended an unspecified prison term for the "heinous crimes" she committed.

"We cannot let this behavior go on," she said.

A doctor at the District 5 Forensic Center in Mansfield said in his report that Todd suffers from bipolar disorder and is at "medium risk" to re-offend. The report also says "The defendant stated she was abused sexually as a child."

"The state makes it sound like Vickie has no choice but to re-offend," defense attorney John Kahler II said. "Let's get her some help. That's what she needs."

Kahler said his client was willing to go to a halfway house, be committed to a mental hospital for professional help or be sentenced to a variety of community control sanctions.

"Prison is not going to be good for Vickie. It won't cure Vickie," he said.

Conway said he was concerned about Todd's "lack of genuine remorse" and that she consistently denied having sex with the 15-year-old boy. The judge fined Todd $500 and ordered her to pay restitution to the victim and his family for any out-of-pocket counseling fees.

The older boy's mother wrote that Todd destroyed her family by having sex with her son.

"He's jumpy and wants to be alone. This is not my son. This is a shell of my son," the mother said.

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