Vincent man sentenced to 45 days for sexual offense
A Vincent man who digitally edited sexually explicit imagery onto the Snapchat photo of a child was sentenced to 45 days in jail and classified as a Tier II sex offender in Washington County Common Pleas Court Wednesday.
Steven Lee Sealey, 42, of 1660 Sealy Ridge Road, Vincent, had previously pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree felony of pandering obscenity involving a minor and a first-degree misdemeanor attempted voyeurism indictment.
In exchange for the plea, Washington County Assistant Prosecutor David Silwani confirmed the following remaining charges of the indictment were dropped in March: pandering obscenity involving a minor, a second-degree felony; pandering obscenity involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony; attempted voyeurism, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Wednesday, a family member of the victim spoke to Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge John Halliday before the judge imposed the sentence.
“What Steven did, was very unforgivable,” said the grandmother. “I’d like to see him do as much jail time as he can do, and no contact at all with my (grandchild). And I’d wish he’d tell me why he even did all of this.”
Silwani said in addition to the altered image, Sealey was also found in possession of a video of a child’s undergarments which lead to the voyeurism charges.
He explained that neither image qualified under legal definitions as child pornography, which would have required the performance of sexual acts in the still or video images.
“It’s a nuanced definition,” he explained. “(But) the penalties are the same for this as child pornography.”
Silwani said no allegations were made of physical contact between Sealey and the minor.
Sealey declined the option to make a statement on his own behalf before Halliday issued his sentence.
After 44 days in the Washington County Jail (he received one day of incarcerated credit for time served prior to sentencing) Sealey will then be transported to the Oriana House institution for rehabilitation in Akron.
“Your bed date is May 21, 2021,” Halliday told Sealey before explaining the judgment for court costs and the reporting as a classified sex offender.
Halliday also sentenced Sealey to five years of community control under the supervision of the Adult Parole Authority.
Sealey’s cell phone, which contained the explicit material, was forfeited to the state for destruction.
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