A Galion man was sentenced to nearly five years in prison in Crawford County Common Pleas Court on Monday after pleading guilty to sexual battery, a third-degree felony, and sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony.
Timothy Peck, 22, was originally charged with rape, a first-degree felony, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charges in a plea agreement with prosecutors. The charges stem from an incident involving a 14-year-old girl during a party at Peck’s Galion home on Nov. 15, 2015.
According to the Crawford County prosecutor’s office, the victim was at the party where alcohol was consumed with her sister and friends. The girl went into the bathroom while Peck waited outside the door, taking her into another room when she exited the bathroom. It is alleged that he placed a chair against the door before engaging in oral sex and other sexual contact with the girl.
An examination of the girl revealed evidence of sexual contact, and the girl was able to identify Peck in a police lineup.
Upon his release from prison, Peck must register as a Tier III sex offender which will require him to register with law enforcement in the county in which he resides, works or vacations every 90 days for the rest of his life.
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