Van Wert man sentenced on 10 sex-related charges


VAN WERT — Dezmond Bywaters, 26, of Van Wert, was sentenced Aug. 31 to three years in prison by Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Judge Martin Burchfield on a variety of sex-related charges.

Bywaters was sentenced on five counts of importuning, one count of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile, and four counts of the illegal use of minor in a nudity oriented performance, all felonies of the fifth degree. Some counts were sentenced to be served concurrent to each other and some were ordered served consecutively for an aggregate of 36 months prison, with credit for 20 days served. Bywaters was also ordered to pay court costs and was classified as a Tier 1 sex offender.

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