A Collins teenager was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday for molesting her 12-year-old female.
Katie A. Cochran, 18, of 3739 Vine Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of gross sexual imposition. Immediately after the defendant entered the plea, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway imposed a two-year prison term on both felonies and ran them consecutively for a total of four years behind bars.
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler declined to talk about the relationship between Cochran and the victim.
The victim wasn't in court Wednesday, but her parents were.
Leffler said the girl's parents "were accepting" of his plea deal with defense attorney Troy Wisehart.
"They told the judge that," Leffler said, referring to a letter to Conway.
Cochran was arrested Aug. 7 after an interview with Huron County Sheriff's Detective Bill Duncan. The interview followed a 10-day investigation. Duncan, soon after the arrest, said Cochran admitted to having sexual contact with a 12-year-old Collins-area girl.
"(There were) no physical injuries aside from the sexual assault itself," Duncan said.
Huron County Children Services interviewed the victim twice in early August. She was undergoing counseling at the time. Children Services received a referral about the allegations from an area doctor's office and then contacted the sheriff's office.
Cochran pleaded guilty Wednesday to a bill of information, meaning she waived her right to have a grand jury review the case. In mid-August, Norwalk Municipal Court Judge John Ridge transferred one count of gross sexual imposition, which related to a July 19 incident, to common pleas court for a possible grand jury indictment.
Classified as a Tier II sex offender, Cochran will have to register her address at the sheriff's office every 90 days for the next 25 years once she's out of prison.