LIMA — A Lima man faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced next month for having unlawful sexual contact with a minor.
Douglas Shurelds, 46, appeared Wednesday morning in Allen County Common Pleas Court and entered a guilty plea to a third-degree felony charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. As the result of a plea deal offered by prosecutors, a charge of sexual battery was dismissed.
According to the indictment returned against Shurelds, from approximately July 1 through Aug. 1 of last year, the Lima man “did engage in sexual conduct with another person … when the offender did know the other person was 13 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age.”
In accepting the guilty plea, Judge David Cheney told Shurelds he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when sentenced on Dec. 20. He will also be labeled a Tier I sex offender and, as such, will be required to register with authorities annually for the next 15 years.
A pre-sentence was ordered prior to sentencing and Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Miller said the state will make no sentencing recommendation at that time.
Shurelds was permitted to remain free on bond pending sentencing.
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