LIMA — A 25-year-old Delphos man with a history of unlawful sexual activity with a minor was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison.
According to prosecutors, Andrew Graham engaged in sexual conduct last June with a 14-year-old girl. The Delphos man was indicted by a grand jury on a third-degree felony but through plea negotiations bargained the crime down to a fourth-degree felony.
While details of the incident are being shielded from the public after Graham’s arrest warrant was ordered sealed by Lima Municipal Court Magistrate Richard Warren, Graham on Monday admitted his inappropriate actions with the young girl.
A statement from the victim’s mother was read aloud in court prior to sentencing. The woman said the incident “impacted every single aspect of my daughter’s life. I hope the sentencing today reflects that.”
Judge Jeffrey Reed noted that Graham, in the pre-sentence investigation report, appeared to place much of the blame for the sexual conduct on the victim.
“It stuck out to me, and I find it troubling, that you said she came on to you, that she led you on,” Reed said.
The judge also noted that Graham had been convicted of a similar offense in Van Wert County in 2014 and landed in prison for failing to register as a sex offender and later for a probation violation. For those reasons, Reed said probation was not appropriate in Graham’s latest brush with the law.
Graham admitted a substance abuse dependency and said he wanted help.
“I want to better myself, and sending me to prison is not going to better myself,” he told the judge.
Reed disagreed, sentencing Graham to 18 months in prison. He was labeled a Tier I sex offender who will be required to register with local authorities annually for the next 15 years.