A mentally-challenged Norwalk sex offender with impulse control issues will be heading to prison for violating his felony probation -- after he finishes serving local time for groping three local girls.
Andrew M. Clark, 23, of 308 Rae Court, Willard, is serving a seven-month jail sentence for three misdemeanor counts of sexual imposition. Classified as a Tier I sex offender, the defendant will be getting out of the Huron County Jail in late February.
But right after that, Clark will be shipped off to prison for violating his probation through Huron County Common Pleas Court. He will be behind bars for about another 11 months.
The sex-related convictions through Norwalk Municipal Court were the basis of Clark's probation violation. In late August, Clark was convicted of two groping incidents in Willard on Aug. 9 and 24 and one in Norwalk. The defendant was sentenced Oct. 9 to seven months in jail.
In the Norwalk case, Clark pursued a 16-year-old girl on a bicycle from the Oak Street area before he grabbed the girl's buttocks on the St. Paul High School property Aug. 21. The girl was securing her bike at the courtyard west of Milan Avenue.
During the investigation, Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said he received information from Willard police officers about Clark "touching teenage girls" in the city. Clark was arrested Aug. 28.
"He admitted he followed the girls with the intention of touching them, saying he felt they were good looking. He also admits he has trouble controlling his sexual urges," Fulton said.
"The crimes he committed are impulse crimes," said Huron County Public Defender David Longo during Tuesday's hearing in common pleas court.
"He has the impulse control of a prepubescent boy -- but in the body of an adult," Longo said.
The public defender also addressed Clark's limited mental capabilities.
Clark is on the borderline of being "mentally retarded" and doesn't have the normal emotional and intellectual functions of a normal person, Longo said. He also wouldn't consider his client particularly malicious or violent.
"I wanted to say I'm sorry. ... I'll stay out of trouble this time," said Clark, who mentioned he has an adult girlfriend.
In September, Clark served a 30-day sentence for another series of probation violations through common pleas court.
Originally, Clark was convicted of burglary for a Dec. 27, 2008 incident. He also was on probation for attempted burglary and theft convictions for a June 6, 2008 offense.
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper recommended Clark be sentenced to 30 months in prison for the burglary case and serve 17 months for the other case at the same time.
"I think the state's recommendation is reasonable, as far as sentencing (goes)," Judge Jim Conway said.
With the amount of time Clark has served, he will be in prison for about 11 months for the probation violation. The judge also ordered the defendant undergo sex offender treatment while he's imprisoned.
Once Clark is released, he will need to register as a sex offender once a year for 15 years.