OTTAWA — A 30-year old Columbus Grove man will see six months in jail on a sex charge but dodged a far greater sentence.
Matthew J. Aguirre, 30, of Columbus Grove, was sentenced to 180 days in the Putnam County Jail for importuning by Putnam County Common Pleas Judge Keith Schierloh Thursday afternoon. He was given credit for one day served and will get credit for the jail time if he enters the WORTH Center program. He was placed on five years community control. He was also registered as a Tier One sex offender and will have to register annually for 15 years.
Aguirre expressed remorse and apologized to the judge for his actions. Schierloh told Aguirre the incident involved a minor who was 15 years old and he is 30.
“So immediately you knew she was of a certain age and yet you continued to solicit her,” Schierloh said. “To sell her marijuana in exchange for sex.”
The judge told Aguirre he was in the “cusp” of a Felony One rape charge for the sexual solicitation as well as trafficking in drugs. But the exchange never occurred.
“You are in danger of going to prison for double digit years,” Schierloh said. “Fortunately, this was the best move you made in this whole situation. Instead, it led us down a completely different path. How lucky you are.”
He asked Aguirre what an appropriate sentence would be for a charge involving trafficking in drugs in exchange for sex.
“You don’t want to say because you know what it will be,” Schierloh said.
Schierloh asked Aguirre if he solicited this through social media and he admitted he did. The judge did admit that Aguirre showed genuine remorse for his actions and understood the seriousness of the charge. But he has alcohol and drug abuse issues and has refused treatment before.
“Mr. Aguirre, obviously you have some serious substance abuse issues,” Schierloh told him. “The WORTH Center can help you if you decide to go.”
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