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Rapist pleads guilty

Cary Ashby • Updated Mar 22, 2019 at 8:55 AM

A Plymouth man pleaded guilty to rape Wednesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

When Lucas J. Velasco Mejia, 51, most recently of of 4889 Ohio 598, is sentenced April 17, he faces three to 11 years in prison on the first-degree felony. As part of Wednesday’s plea deal, prosecutors dismissed five rape charges and three counts of sexual battery.

Velasco Mejia has been in the Huron County Jail since his Aug. 26 arrest by the Huron County Sheriff’s Office. According to his indictment, that is about the same day he sexually assaulted a victim, who was younger than 13 years old.

In a separate case, Timothy N. Everett, 47, of Grafton, was sentenced to 24 months in prison Wednesday for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or a drug of abuse. Judge Jim Conway also ordered him to forfeit his interest in a black 2015 Chevrolet truck to the state.

Everett also was fined $1,350 and had his driver’s license suspended for 10 years. His conviction was for a July 3 traffic stop.

In late December, prosecutors dismissed a second count of DUI, also with a vehicle forfeiture, as part of a plea deal. Everett’s indictment indicates he has a felony DUI conviction from July 27, 2015 through Lorain County Common Pleas Court. 

In other hearings:

• Naamon P. Bare, 23, most recently of 18 Ford St., was fined Tuesday for one count each of aggravated possession of methamphetamine and attempted escape. During three years of probation, the defendant must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $80 for lab testing and faces a 90-day discretionary jail sentence. Bare’s probation officer has the option of imposing part or all of the time without a hearing.  

• Zachary T. Fox, 33, most recently of 520 Milan Ave., Lot 117, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated possession of methamphetamine. He then was fined $250 and ordered to reimburse police $80 for drug testing. During his three years of probation, he faces a 90-day discretionary jail sentence.

• Michail P. Harvey, 19, of Sandusky, was ordered Wednesday to pay $1,000 in restitution and a $250 fine for breaking and entering. During three years of probation, the defendant faces a 90-day discretionary jail sentence.

• Emily M. Houghtlen, 28, most recently of 1420 E. Main St., Lot 25, Bellevue, was ordered Wednesday to successfully complete the Harbor Light program for an undisclosed probation violation. Her underlying conviction is two counts of trafficking in heroin. According to The Salvation Army, the holistic Harbor Light program is a “beacon of hope in a sea of addiction” and helps “treat the root cause of addiction.”

• Todd A. Maynard, 30, pleaded guilty Monday to trafficking in drugs. He then was sentenced spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) and fined $250 as part of three years of probation. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

• Marc A. Sater, 22, whose address was unavailable, was fined $250 Wednesday and given a 90-day discretionary jail sentence for forgery.

• Tina M. Strong, 28, most recently of 241 Riggs St., Plymouth, was fined $5,000 for two counts of trafficking in drugs and one charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs. During her three years of probation, she also must successfully complete the Teen Challenge program. Teen Challenge is an intense, Christian-based program that lasts one year to about 18 months for people of all ages with life-controlling addictions.

• Charles W. Werner Jr., 49, most recently of 19 W. League St., Apt. C, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of drugs in exchange for the dismissal of one count of theft from a person in a protected class. Werner, who is out on a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond, will be sentenced April 24.

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