UPDATE: Gallia County Man Pleads Guity to Rape in Plea Deal

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 8/11/14
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A Gallia County man charged with having sexual relationship with two young girls has been sentenced to life in prison as part of a plea deal.

Last week, Joshua Sparkman, 25, of Bidwell pleaded guilty to one count of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition.

In April, Sparkman was indicted on two counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery, four counts of gross sexual imposition and two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

According to the indictment, Sparkman had sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl between September 2013 and March 2014.

According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Sparkman is already registered sex offender and spent four years in prison on a prior conviction.

On the rape count, Sparkman was sentenced to life with no eligibility for parole until he serves 10 years He was then sentenced to another three years on the gross sexual imposition charge. The sentences are to be served consecutively.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/2/14
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A Gallia County man is set to go to trial this summer, accused of having a sexual relationship with two young girls.

Joshua Sparkman, 25, of Bidwell, was indicted last month on two counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery, four counts of gross sexual imposition and two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

According to the indictment, Sparkman had sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl between September 2013 and March 2014.

His trial has been set for June.

According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Sparkman is a registered sex offender and spent four years in prison on a prior conviction.


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