Food stamps abuser and convicted sex offender put on probation

Cary Ashby • Oct 11, 2012 at 3:30 PM

A sex offender convicted of improperly using food stamps was placed on three years of intensive probation Tuesday.

Former New London resident Donald S. Adams Jr., 27, also must pay $891 in restitution to the female victim. The amount covers the food stamps, debit card and cash she lost.

While Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway imposed no further jail time, Adams must work toward his GED and maintain a job. If he violates the terms of his probation, he faces one year in prison.

Adams recently finished serving a one-year prison term at the Lorain Correctional Institution for a series of local probation violations, which included testing positive for opiates. His original conviction in July 2008 was attempted failure to register as a sex offender.

"He got his (roofing) job back," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

In late August, Adams pleaded guilty to one count of illegal use of food stamps. Prosecutors, as part of a plea deal, agreed to dismiss three similar charges.

Adams used the woman's food stamp card, similar to a debit card, in New London and at least once in Ashland County, a prosecutor said earlier. Each of the transactions -- on Jan. 1, 4, 6 and 7 -- was less than $1,000.

The defendant has a extensive criminal record, which include convictions as a juvenile and adult.

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