Suffield man gets 18 months in prison for trying to meet girl, 15, for sex

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Suffield man has been sentenced to prison for 18 months and ordered to register as a sex offender for the next 25 years after pleading guilty to trying to engage in sexual activity with a 15-year-old Brimfield girl.

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Bruce L. Wilson Jr., 32, of 1323 Rhodes Ave., pleaded guilty to attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony, and three counts of voyeurism, all fifth-degree felonies, in January.

Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman recently sentenced him to 18 months in prison on the unlawful sexual conduct charge and one-year prison terms on each of the three voyeurism charges, all to run concurrent with each other.

As a Tier II sex offender, Wilson is required by law to register his address with his local sheriff's office twice per year for the next 25 years. Pittman also ordered Wilson to pay $533 in fines and court costs. An Apple iPad and iPhone seized during the investigation were ordered forfeited to Brimfield police.

Brimfield police said Wilson was arrested in the parking lot of a Brimfield business on Nov. 6, 2013, where he believed he would be meeting the victim for sex. Officers seized his phone, computer and articles of lingerie.

Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver said Wilson initially solicited the girl for sex via the Internet. He said Wilson had "no doubt" the girl was underage.

"We know this from the communications" they exchanged online, he said following Wilson's arrest, "particularly his concern about the 'cops' finding out."

Cuyahoga County's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force assisted Brimfield police in the investigation, Oliver said.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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