Sex offender sent to prison

Cary Ashby • Jun 25, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A convicted sex offender pleaded guilty to an unrelated burglary Tuesday.

Eric L. Carroll, 21, of 26 Spring St., Apt. C9, then was sentenced to one in year prison. The punishment, which included up to $50 in restitution to the victim, was a joint recommendation between the state and Huron County Public Defender David Longo.

"The defendant will receive credit for imprisonment since the day of the burglary, April 13," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.

That means Carroll will serve about 10 months in prison. He can file for early release after 30 days behind bars.

Also as part of Tuesday's plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of failure to register as a sex offender in connection with an April 5 incident. Carroll's underlying conviction is sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor which was adjudicated through Huron County Juvenile Court in 2009. The defendant was 16 at the time.

Carroll, during Tuesday's hearing, told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway he appreciated the plea deal and said he would try to "make a lot better for myself."

"Thank you for everything you've done for me today. I appreciate it," Carroll said.

On April 13, the defendant and two other male suspects entered a Pleasant Street apartment in Norwalk where the female tenant and three girls were sleeping, Kasper said.

"The apartment belonged to none of the three men. They didn't have permission to be there," the prosecutor added.

Kasper said the tenant and girls woke up and Carroll and the suspects left the apartment after being there for a short time.

The victims later gave a description of the suspects to the Norwalk Police Department.

"They were able to identify Mr. Carroll through a photo line-up. He was arrested later that day," Kasper said.

The cases against Carroll's accomplices are pending.

"One has been identified. The other is unknown," Kasper said.

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