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Guilty plea in crime against 7-year-old

A Marietta man pleaded guilty Friday to gross sexual imposition in a case involving a 7-year-old girl.

Lucas T. Haynes, 23, last known address of 736 Greene St., Apt. 11, pleaded guilty on Friday to one third-degree felony count of gross sexual imposition.

The charges stem from his April 1 arrest after the girl, whom Haynes was watching for her mother, said that Haynes put his hands down her pants on multiple occasions while he cared for her. Upon questioning by the police, Haynes admitted to committing the acts.

On April 10, Haynes’ bond was set at $100,000 in Marietta Municipal Court, which was paid by Haynes before his release. In April’s grand jury indictments, Haynes was charged with five third-degree felony counts of gross sexual imposition. As part of his plea deal with county prosecutors, four of the counts were dropped.

During Friday’s hearing, Randall Burnworth, acting Washington County Common Pleas Court judge, informed Haynes of the implications of his guilty plea.

“You could receive five years in prison,” Burnworth said.

Burnworth continued by saying that in the disposition agreed upon by the prosecutor’s office and the defense, no set amount of prison time was defined, leaving Burnworth the option of giving Haynes the full five years.

Dressed in street clothes, Haynes showed no emotion as he confirmed his understanding of the possible actions that could be taken against him for pleading guilty.

“The court orders a pre-sentencing investigation and victim impact statement to be done,” Burnworth said.

Before the sentencing date was passed down by Burnworth, David Silwani, Washington County assistant prosecutor, reminded the court that there was another result of the guilty plea that Burnworth had not mentioned.

“It should be stated that he will be designated a Tier II sex offender,” said Silwani.

Burnworth agreed and informed Haynes that he must report to local authorities upon his release from prison. He ordered Haynes to return to court on July 8 at 1:30 p.m. for sentencing.

Haynes faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He will also be designated a Tier II sexual offender upon his release.

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