Lunsford Court Case

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MILLERSBURG — After allegations of ongoing contact with a victim prompted the delay of sentencing, the filing of new criminal charges and action to withdraw his original guilty plea, a Millersburg man on Wednesday learned he will spend time in the county jail for having sex with two young girls.
Chad T. Lunsford, 22, of 863 Massillon Road, previously pleaded guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
In exchange for Lunsford's guilty plea, the state agreed to a joint sentencing recommendation to include a suspended three-year prison term and community control sanctions with a maximum period of probation.
However, sentencing was twice continue after authorities received evidence Lunsford
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However, the case was resolved in a new deal in which the court agreed to adopt the recommended sentence, with additional local jail time, if Lunsford stood on his prior guilty plea. As part of the deal, the state also agreed to dismiss the newer misdemeanor charge.
The latest action came after the mother of one of the juveniles, the same girl involved in the subsequent charge, she had a change of heart. Realizing a withdrawn guilty plea could result in a jury trial, the woman said she preferred a resolution that would not force her daughter to testify.
Further, she and her daughter are interested in receiving ongoing financial support for a child born out of the illegal conduct, said Holmes County Assistant Prosecutor Sean Warner, who facilitated the agreement for the state.
Ultimately, Judge Robert Rinfret imposed the recommended sentence, plus a six-month term of incarceration at the Holmes County Jail, but warned Lunsford, “If you screw up, you will do ever single day of that 36 months. I promise you that. You don't mess around with 14-15-year-olds. That why we have these
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