A former local man avoided going to trial today by pleading guilty.
Victor J. Veliz, 39, formerly of Bellevue and now of Castalia, entered guilty pleas to one count each of sexual battery and gross sexual imposition, charges which covered both victims. One of the girls was younger than 13 at the time of the sex crimes.
Huron County Common Pleas Court Judge Jim Conway sentenced Veliz to nine years in prison. Classified as a Tier III sex offender, the defendant he must register his address for the rest of his life.
For the full story, read Wednesday's Reflector.