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Man convicted of having sex with girl, 14, after party

Cary Ashby • May 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM

A Greenwich sex offender who was convicted Tuesday will have to register his address for 25 years. His accomplice and girlfriend has been sentenced recently in a different court.

Lawrence E. Hickman, 19, of 3764 U.S. 224, Lot 26, pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said the defendant had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl Dec. 21 "after he brought her to his residence after a party."

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of tampering with evidence.

When Hickman is sentenced June 11, he faces six to 18 months behind bars. He also will be classified as a Tier II sex offender, meaning he will have to register his address for 25 years and can't live within 1,000 feet of a school, preschool or daycare center.

Since Hickman was on Norwalk Municipal Court probation at the time of the sex crime, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told him he's eligible to be sentenced to prison. It's unclear if the defendant remains on probation.

On Dec. 21, the Huron County Sheriff's Office arrested Hickman at his place of employment, a Milan factory. Detective Sgt. Josh Querin has said the defendant, when interviewed at the station, admitted to having sex with the victim.

Also arrested Dec. 21 was Hickman's girlfriend, a 17-year-old Greenwich girl. She was charged with complicity to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, complicity to tampering with evidence, obstructing official business and underage consumption.

The girlfriend entered denials to the charges Dec. 23 in Huron County Juvenile Court. Prosecutors later amended the fourth-degree felony charge of complicity to unlawful sexual conduct to contributing to the delinquency/unruliness of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor.

On Friday, she appeared for a disposition hearing. As part of her probation, she must complete 50 hours of volunteer service and serve three additional days in detention. For the rest of the 2013-2014 school, she isn't prohibited to have any association with anyone under the age of 17 without adult supervision, court administrator Chris Mushett said. After the school year, the restriction expands to anyone under the age of 18.

Hickman's accomplice also isn't allowed to have any association with Hickman or the victim and is prohibited from accessing social media. Mushett said the defendant can't access the Internet without adult supervision, isn't allowed to view pornography and is prohibited from consuming alcohol. Judge Timothy Cardwell also ordered the girl to undergo and successfully complete treatment and counseling for sex offenders, mental health and substance abuse.

Deputies started investigating the case after the Ashland County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call at 3:30 a.m. Dec. 21 from a female Huron County resident.

Two detectives and several deputies obtained a search warrant to check on the well-being of residents at Hickman's mobile home. Querin has said deputies found "signs of underage drinking and drug abuse" and while using a follow-up warrant several hours later, authorities recovered "a significant amount of disturbing evidence at the scene that will connect Mr. Hickman directly to the (sex) crime."

Agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation processed the scene.

Hickman remains out on a $50,000 bond. He is prohibited from having any association with any non-family members under the age 18.

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