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Haney pleads guilty to underage sex charges

A Warren man has pled guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

But the charge won’t require a period of registration as a sexual offender under Megan’s Law.

Robert W. Haney, 19, 7 S. South St., pled guilty before Judge Gregory Hammond on Monday to a count of statutory sexual assault – 4-8 years older.

An additional count of statutory sexual assault – 4-8 years older, aggravated indecent assault – complaintant less than 16 and corruption of minors – defendant age 18 or above were not prosecuted.

Hammond asked District Attorney Rob Greene if he consulted the victim and Greene said that he spoke with the victim’s guardian who is “in complete agreement” with the plea and would be writing to the county asking for a light sentence in the case.

Hammond advised that the maximum possible penalty is 10 years incarceration and a fine not to exceed $25,000.

Police said in the affidavit of probable cause that they were contacted by Warren County Children and Youth Services on June 11 “in relation to a possible sexual assault that occurred in the City of Warren.”

The alleged victim, the affidavit states, is a 14-year-old female, though Hammond identified the victim as 13-year-old in court on Monday.

According to the affidavit, the victim “admitted that she engaged in sexual intercourse with a male older than her on one or two occasions.”

She admitted that she met Haney on Facebook “and began messaging him,” and would then “see (Haney) around town and began to hang out with him.”

The victim told police that she was 13-years-old “when she first started talking and engaging in sexual relations with” Haney. “The victim stated that this was wrong and (Haney) admitted it to her that he knew it was also.”

Police subsequently interviewed Haney, who “admitted that he engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim on two occasions and stated the victim was in agreement to the sexual intercourse.”

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