A former Kent man has been sentenced to nine months in prison and been labeled a sex offender after pleading guilty to soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sex and sexually assaulting her during a slumber party at his Kimberly Drive residence in February.
Benjamin R. Schwartz, 20, now living in Kirtland, according to court records, pleaded guilty to one count each of importuning, a fifth-degree felony, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor, and sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor, on June 3, according to court records. Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow sentenced him to nine months in prison on the felony.
Enlow also sentenced Schwartz to 180 days in the Portage County jail on the first-degree misdemeanor, and 60 days in jail on the third-degree misdemeanor, to run concurrent to each other and the prison term, according to his sentencing order.
Schwartz, who received credit for 11 days already served in jail awaiting trial, was labeled a Tier I sex offender, requiring him to register his address with his local sheriff's office once a year for the next 15 years.
Portage County sheriff's deputies arrested Schwartz on March 1 and charged him with rape, a first-degree felony, and importuning, Sheriff David Doak said at the time.
The charges resulted from an investigation into a slumber party that Schwartz was chaperoning at his Kimberly Drive residence on Feb. 17, during which he allegedly had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl whom he was able to separate from the other girls, the sheriff's office said.
Detectives also discovered that Schwartz had sexual contact with another 14-year-old girl at his residence on Feb. 16, Doak said.
At the time of the incident, Schwartz was a sophomore biotechnology major at KSU, according to the online student directory.
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