Sex offender has bond revoked

Cary Ashby • Feb 21, 2013 at 9:07 AM

A sex offender convicted of improperly using food stamps had his bond revoked Wednesday in connection with a probation violation.

Former New London resident Donald S. Adams Jr., 27, was kicked out of a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) in December. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a locked-down facility that focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

At Wednesday's hearing, Adams admitted there was probable cause for the probation violation. He will remain in the Huron County Jail until his March 11 merits hearing and could face one year in prison.

Adams was placed on three years of intensive probation Oct. 9.

At the time, the defendant had gotten a roofing job back, so Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway imposed no further jail time. However, Adams was ordered to pay $891 in restitution to the female victim for the food stamps, debit card and cash she lost. The court also ordered him to work toward his GED and maintain a job.

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. Each of the four transactions in early January 2012 was less than $1,000.

Before being sentenced in October, Adams 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.

On Dec. 10, the court determined Adams had violated his probation and sentenced him to a CBCF but continued him on community control sanctions, according to court records.

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