Burglar will get drug-abuse treatment -- once he finishes jail term for not paying child support

Cary Ashby • Jan 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A convicted burglar will be transported to a locked-down treatment facility after the deadbeat dad completes a lengthy jail term for failing to pay child support.

Joshua A. Lykins, 30, formerly of 81 Townsend Ave., Lot 9, pleaded guilty in early November to two amended counts of burglary. The conviction was for incidents on July 24 and Aug. 7.

On Tuesday, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered him to pay $3,475 in restitution to the male victim to cover the replacement of a window and a large amount of missing coins.

Lykins "readily admits" to having a substance abuse problem, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff told the judge. He requested the defendant spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a type of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"It's pretty clear he needs to get this under control. He wants treatment for it," Woodruff said.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said his client is willing to go to a CBCF, but "he can't go (now) because he's still in jail on the child support matters." Longo, who earlier informed the court he hoped to get part of Lykins' 180-day sentence reduced, has said Lykins will be in the Huron County Jail until May.

The child support cases were filed Aug. 11, 2011 in Huron County Juvenile Court. There are two cases covering three children.

"There are two kids in case and one in another," court administrator Chris Mushett said.

Judge Timothy Cardwell imposed a 180-day sentence for a third contempt of court violation starting Nov. 1, Mushett said. Juvenile court records indicate that as of Nov. 1, Lykins owed almost $5,163 in back child support payments.

Lykins, who is on three years of intense probation for the burglaries, declined to speak at his sentencing hearing Tuesday. He must work toward his GED and his subject to random drug screens.

If he violates the terms of his probation, he faces 18 months in prison.

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