ST. CLAIRSVILLE Clifford Eugene Brown Jr., 42, 312 East Main St., Holloway, appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John M. Solovan II Friday and was sentenced on four counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, two felonies of the second degree and two of the fourth degree, occurring December of 2011. He was given a sentence of three years for each third degree felony and 12 months for each fourth degree felony, to be served concurrently for a total sentence of three years.
He was convicted as a result of a trial that ended mid-October. He was designated a Tier 2 offender.
Defense asked Solovan to consider that Brown was not deliberately distributing the material and was unaware that it could be accessed.
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Clifford Eugene Brown Jr. was sentenced on four counts of pandering. He will serve three years.
Brown apologized to his family and to those harmed by his action.
Solovan said the seriousness of the crime was exacerbated by the age of the victims. He noted that every act of viewing the material compounded the crime committed against those children.
"This is not a victimless crime," he said. "They're the results of harmful acts to the children."
He added that Brown has demonstrated the beginning of a pattern of reckless and addictive behavior that must be curtailed. He said judicial release may be an option in the future.
In other cases, David W. Garrett, 22, 1171 Duo Avenue NW, Canton, was sentenced for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a felony of the fourth degree, occurring Oct. 6, 2010. He was sentenced to five years of community controls. He will serve five months in jail with credit for 96 days, and six months EOCC.
He was designated a Tier 2 offender.
Defense asked Solovan to consider Garrett's mental and emotional issues, and that he had been heavily intoxicated when he initiated the incident with a girl not yet 15. He was 20 at the time.
Solovan noted the mental and emotional harm to the victim and added that voluntary drunkenness does not excuse behavior. He said Garrett had demonstrated impulsive behavior and a failure to appreciate the consequences of his actions.
John Daniel Parhoundis II, 55, 15661 County Road 271, Conesville, was sentenced on one count driving under the influence, a felony of the third degree occurring May 26, 2012. He was sentenced to 24 months in the penitentiary. A Class 2 license revocation was ordered.
Solovan noted this was Parhoundis' second felony conviction for driving under the influence. His history includes five prior OVI offenses, theft, receiving stolen property, breaking and entering, felonious assault and obstruction.
Chad Askew, 37, 17 South 12th St., Martins Ferry, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years for possession of drugs, a felony of the second degree occurring March 14, 2005. The time will be served concurrent with a 10-year sentence for drug trafficking he is currently serving in a federal facility.
Brian Christopher Sine, 31, 26527 Penrose Road, Quaker City, saw the revocation of his probation by being convicted of driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 16 days in jail with credit for time served. He was originally convicted of breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree occurring Oct. 16, 2009.
Catherine Marie Abel, 35, 108 West Brown St., New Athens, saw the revocation of her probation for failure to complete counseling. She was given a sentence of 50 days. She was originally charged with possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree occurring July 15, 2010.
Patrick Shawn Coseen, 29, 1326 Poplar St., Bellaire, pleaded guilty to theft, a felony of the fourth degree, and one count safecracking, a felony of the fourth degree, occurring Oct. 16, 2012. Sentence was set for Jan. 18. A pre-sentence investigation, victim impact statement and EOCC evaluation were ordered.
Jason Herman, 38, 55551 Bloomingdale St., Bridgeport, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to three charges of felonious assault with a firearms specification, a felony of the fifth degree, and one count discharging a firearm over a public road, a felony of the third degree, occurring Sept. 9, 2012. His status conference was set for Dec. 21 and trial Feb. 12. He faces a maximum sentence of up to 30 years.
His bond of $200,000 was revoked for failure to appear.
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