Sex offender on parole gets caught with same girl and engagement ring
Apr 17, 2013 at 10:50 AM
A Plymouth man, already on parole for a sex offense with a juvenile girl two years ago, was found at the Willard Reservoir on Friday night with the same girl, allegedly involved in sexual activity.
Stuart Metcalfe, 25, of 213 Trux St., was arrested and charged with contributing to the unruliness of a minor. He was arrested as part of a drug-interdiction operation conducted Friday by the Huron County Sheriff's Office in tandem with Richland County.
Metcalfe's parole was through Richland County. He also is a registered sex offender.
Special Deputy Ron Robinson was on patrol as part of the operation when he noticed two suspicious vehicles parked in a secluded area of the reservoir.
Metcalfe and the now 17-year-old girl had established "fake" Facebook pages when Metcalfe recently got out of prison in order to contact each other.
Metcalfe had an engagement ring with him Friday, possibly to propose to the 17-year-old, Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said.
Deputies said Metcalfe had admitted recent sexual activity with the girl about a week before the reservoir arrest.
His conviction stems from their first encounter, when Metcalfe was 23 and she was 15, deputies said.
In November 2011, Metcalfe was sentenced to five years of intensive probation for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The terms of his probation included 120 days in jail on the work release program and an order to pay a $500 fine plus $510 in restitution to the victim's mother.
Judge James Conway also warned him multiple times to have no contact with the girl -- or his probation would be revoked and he'd go to prison. The no-association/communication order included texting, letters, phone calls, Facebook communications, instant messages and going through third parties.
"Obviously, we still have strong feelings for each other," Metcalfe told the judge in November 2011. "We're still in love; there's no other way to put it."
In April 2012, Metcalfe admitted to violating his probation by contacting the victim via hundreds of texts. For that, he was sentenced to 15 months in prison. He was credited with being in the Huron County Jail for about five months.
During that April hearing, Metcalfe's dad said the victim is just as much to blame because she claimed to be 19.
Defense attorney David Longo referred to the term as "significantly more than he deserves." Longo told Conway that 90 percent of the 280 texts found on the victim's cell phone in late March were from the girl, who was about to turn 17, to Metcalfe.
When Metcalfe was sentenced in early November, Conway warned him multiple times to have no contact with the girl -- or his probation would be revoked and he'd go to prison. The no-association/communication order included texting, letters, phone calls, Facebook communications, instant messages and going through third parties.
"Everybody was misled in this case, including us," Metcalfe's father said.
"I'd like to know where our justice system is. ... (My son) got railroaded is what happened," he said.
Metcalfe met the victim through her sister.
"He was best man at his friend's wedding," Metcalfe's mother said. "Then two years later, she (the victim) re-initiated contact with him."
The defendant's mother said her son never hid his relationship with the girl since they went to movies and dinner.
"There was no secret with him," she said.
In November 2011, statements by the victim's mother, Metcalfe and Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand revealed that Metcalfe contacted the girl by cell phone and wrote her letters while the case was pending. The mother requested Metcalfe be sentenced to prison.
"I feel as long as he's out, it's not going to stop," she said.
On March 28, 2012 the victim's mother called Probation officer Andrea Cooke about her daughter and Metcalfe contacting each other.
Cooke said she retrieved the girl's phone and discovered they sent each other 280 texts between March 27 and the next day. She also told the judge that on March 12, Metcalfe posted a comment on his Facebook page about being able to be "close" to the girl soon.
After hearing from the probation officer, Conway told Metcalfe he shouldn't be surprised he's being sent to prison because he'd been warned about having association with the victim.
"The court has no other option than to impose the prison term," the judge said.
Classified as a Tier I sex offender, Metcalfe must register his address annually for the next 15 years. He's not allowed to live within 1,000 feet of a school, preschool and day care center.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Reporter Cary Ashby contributed to this story.