Man sentenced to three years in sexual conduct case

Staff Report

GALLIPOLIS — Kaleb Creel was sentenced mid-November for a case involving sexual conduct with a minor.

“Officers with the Gallipolis Police Department investigated the defendant for engaging in sexual acts with an underage individual,” said Gallia County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Britt Wiseman. “The investigation revealed that the defendant, 25, had been engaging in sexual conduct with a minor, between the age of 13 and 16, whose identity is being kept confidential. The investigation uncovered explicit text messages and other indicia of a sexual nature coming from the defendant to the minor. The defendant admitted to the police officers during questioning the extent of the sexual conduct with the minor.”

The defendant was indicted for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor by the Gallia County Grand Jury in July 2015.

“Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor is the correct charge under Ohio law when the victim is between the ages of 13 and 16 and the perpetrator is 10 or more years older than the victim. This charge is a felony of the third degree, which carries with it a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a registration as a child sex offender,” said Assistant Prosecutor Eric Mulford.

“Our office prosecuted this case to the fullest extent permitted under Ohio law,” said Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins. “The defendant has already began to serve his three-year prison sentence. He will further register as a Tier II sex offender, which requires registration with the sheriff for 25 years after the defendant’s release from prison. We applaud the Gallipolis Police Department for their investigation in this matter and for the cooperation of the victim and the victim’s family.”

Dean Wright can be reached (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

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