A sex offender convicted of improperly using food stamps admitted to violating his probation Monday.
Former New London resident Donald S. Adams Jr., 27, has been on three years of intensive probation since Oct. 9. He earlier pleaded guilty to one count of illegal use of food stamps. Adams used a woman's food stamp card, similar to a debit card, in New London and at least once in Ashland County during four transactions in early January.
At Monday's hearing, Adams admitted to testing positive for using a total of four drugs during four drug screens between Aug. 18 and Nov. 27. He also didn't report to his probation officer for three scheduled appointments.
"He appears to be struggling with substance abuse issues," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.
Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered Adams to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. The sentence was a joint recommendation by Kasper, probation officer Andrea Cooke and Huron County Public Defender David Longo.
Adams earlier was screened for acceptance into a CBCF and a bed is available for him. Conway ruled that once Adams is out of the locked-down treatment facility, he will remain on probation.
"I do have a drug problem. I've been to prison twice and it didn't help," Adams told the judge.
Earlier this year, Adams finished serving a one-year prison term for a series of local probation violations, which included testing positive for opiates. His underlying conviction for that case, in July 2008, was attempted failure to register as a sex offender.
The defendant has a extensive criminal record, which include convictions as a juvenile and adult.