Former Bartlett man sentenced to 18 months

A former Bartlett man was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for inappropriately touching a young female relative in his home.

Kevin A. Townsend, 32, was living at 2214 State Route 550 in October 2011 when he pushed the girl into his bedroom and refused to let her leave, according to prosecutors.

However, the crime did not surface until this January when the victim, now 14, reported the incident to her grandmother, said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

“(Townsend) pushed her into the back bedroom and tried to pull up her shirt,” he said.

The girl reported that Townsend touched her breasts and tried to get her to perform sexual acts on him before she escaped the room.

When arrested Jan. 30, Townsend admitted to purposely grabbing the child’s breast after having sexual thoughts about her, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks at the time of arrest.

Townsend was indicted in March for gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony, and pleaded guilty to the charge June 5.

Townsend’s attorney, Rolf Baumgartel, made a bid for leniency Monday in Washington County Common Pleas Court, pointing to Townsend’s pre-sentence investigation report. The report indicated he was unlikely to recommit and showed a lack of criminal history, said Baumgartel.

“The only real criminal past he’s had were some difficulties in the past with his marriage,” he said.

Townsend has previous criminal convictions for domestic violence and aggravated menacing.

Schneider indicated that the state was satisfied with the agreed disposition in the case, which is what Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth ultimately sentenced.

“A prison term is consistent with the facts of the case,” he said, sentencing Townsend to 18 months in prison.

Because the charge was of a sexual nature, Townsend faced up to five years in prison.

He posted a $75,000 bond through a bondsman three days after his arrest and will get credit for those three days, said Burnworth.

Upon his release from prison, Townsend will be required to register as a tier 2 sex offender with a child victim.

Townsend will be living in McConnelsville after his release, he told Burnworth.

The victim’s mother was present in court Monday, but did not wish to make a statement.