A Newport man who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old girl was sentenced Thursday to six months in the Washington County Jail and five years of community control following his release.
Shane Dye, 25, was indicted in November after a DNA test showed that he had impregnated the girl in 2011.
Another man, 25-year-old Devin R. Binegar, a substitute teacher and volunteer boys basketball coach at Frontier High School, was also indicted on the same charge with the same minor. He has a trial date set for Feb. 19 on the charge. He was removed from the substitute teacher list and cannot volunteer for the school until his case is resolved.
It was reported that Dye and Binegar had met the girl after attending several parties over the course of the summer in 2011.
Dye was charged with a fourth-degree felony for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, but because he had no previous criminal record, was given jail time and enrollment in several programs for alcohol abuse, along with an order to register as a Tier 2 sex offender.
Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings agreed that the state would not pursue any other charges related to Dye's conduct with the girl in exchange for his guilty plea.
Dye's attorney Dennis Sipe advised the court that his client's family had spoken with the victim's family over text messages about Dye's role as the father of the baby that resulted from his crime.
"It's clear that talking to my client that he is more than willing to take responsibility and would like to take a role in this young child's life to the extent that the mother permits it," Sipe said. "My client has been very forthright and remorseful."
Washington County Common Pleas Judge Ed Lane noted that his decision was difficult because of Dye's lack of record as well as the infant involved in the case.
He ordered Dye to be transported to the Washington County Jail immediately after sentencing. After five and a half months, Dye is eligible for transfer into the SEPTA rehabilitation center in Nelsonville to complete alcohol treatment once a bed becomes available.
Once released, Dye also must apply and complete Thinking For Change, a behavioral program for offenders to help with alcohol treatment.
"Obviously as it is with a lot of things, the underlying problem is alcohol," Lane said.
While on community control, Dye must continuously notify law enforcement of address changes, new work or education or any temporary lodging changes. He can no longer leave the state without written permission.
Lane also ordered compliance with L&P Services, a mental health drug and alcohol program in Marietta.
"If they want you there for five years standing on your head three nights a week, you do it," Lane said. "You do not call in sick."
Community control also prohibits Dye owning any firearms or ammunition, and if he resides anywhere where a firearm is stored, the residence must be inspected to assure that Dye cannot get access to weapons.
The order also prohibits Dye from attending any social gathering or entering any establishment where alcohol is served or sold.
"You go to Thanksgiving dinner, if there's a bottle of wine in the cabinet, you're in trouble," Lane said. "If I walk into Giant Eagle and you're shopping, I don't care if you're buying bread, you can't be in there."
As a Tier 2 sex offender, Dye will be subject to community notification any time he changes addresses, and must update the sheriff of any changes to his living situation every 180 days.
"This will stay with you for the next 25 years," Lane said.
Dye was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine along with any court costs, an order that Lane said he expects the defendant to have no trouble with as he is employed with two different jobs. The court fees may be paid off with community service if Dye chooses.