Registered Sex Offender Pleads Not Guilty to Prostitution Charges

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

ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A registered sex offender from Athens pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of compelling prostitution, according to a news release from Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn's Office.

Fred W. Kittle, 69, of Athens pleaded not guilty to two counts of compelling prostitution and two counts of importuning.

His bond was set at $50,000. A jury trial has been set for April 15.

Blackburn reported that a woman named Aileen Mays encouraged a 16-year-old girl to have sex with Kittle -- a registered sex offender -- around Sept. 21, 2013, in exchange for drugs and money.

Kittle was convicted of attempted rape in 1996.

On March 19, Mays was convicted of compelling prostitution and sentenced to five years in prison, providing she will testify against Kittle and will not apply for judicial release.

Mays also will be required to register as a sex offender for 25 years.

The Athens County Sheriff's Office investigated the case.

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