Sex offender strikes again, returns to prison after having sex with girl, 14, in cemetery

Cary Ashby • Feb 12, 2014 at 10:54 PM

A rural Monroeville resident and convicted sex offender pleaded guilty Tuesday for having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Brad A. Todd, 22, most recently of 2205 Dogtown Road, Lot 64, then was sentenced to four years in prison.

He was convicted of two counts of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. As part of a plea deal, the state agreed to dismiss a third, similar charge.

The victim's mother said Todd "manipulated my daughter" and had everyone in the family believing he was a 16-year-old home-schooled student. She said Todd gave her daughter a bogus name and told her family he needed to be near his mother because he claimed she had cancer.

"He fooled everybody," said the woman, who broke down in tears as she spoke to the judge Tuesday.

The mother also said this was her daughter's "first love," she has cried about the experience and won't go to counseling.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said Todd, who has a "checkered background," engaged in some Internet activity with the victim and contacted her via Facebook at first, but met her later and then they became "romantically involved" with each other.

"She referred to it as a dating incident," Leffler said. "He had sexual intercourse with the young woman in the cemetery near her home."

Todd, who denies having a Facebook account after getting out of prison, apologized for what he did in a flat, nearly emotionless tone. He admitted he needs help because he realizes there's something wrong with him.

"I understand what I did was wrong," Todd said. "I wasn't in my right mind when I was doing it."

Todd's charges have a specification that indicates he has a prior conviction for a similar offense.

"That's also part of these charges -- this indictment," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told Todd.

Todd is on post-release control for local, sex-related convictions involving two girls, who were 14 and 15 at the time. In early February 2011, he was sentenced to 17 months in prison for three counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

Conway warned Todd that the Ohio Department of Corrections has the right to impose a sentence for a parole violation that could be consecutive to the new term. The defendant was on parole at the time of the most recent sex crimes.

At Tuesday's hearing, Todd was sentenced to four years in prison. The punishment was a joint recommendation between Leffler and Huron County Public Defender David Longo.

"We feel a four-year prison term is appropriate to protect the public," Leffler said.

The prosecutor said the court has been aware of Todd for many years -- first as a victim when he was younger.

"We're running out of patience with it," Leffler added.

"This (plea deal) has been run by the victim's family and they're on board with it," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

Longo wasn't aware Todd had been the victim of family sexual abuse until Tuesday's hearing.

"That can have terrible consequences down the road," he said.

The public defender said he told Todd if he commits another sex crime, it's likely he'll never be released from prison. Longo also warned him that even though he can apply for early release after six months, it's not realistic that Conway will grant it.

"He owes society four years, but what the future holds for him after that is up to him," Longo added.

Todd presently is serving a six-month sentence at the Huron County Jail for contributing to the unruliness of a minor. Attorneys said the sex victim was 17 at the time and is now 18.

Conway ruled Todd must finish serving the misdemeanor sentence before he is transferred to prison.

Once Todd is released, he will be on five years of mandatory parole. Classified as a Tier II sex offender, he must register his address every 180 days for the next 25 years.

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