By EILEEN MCCLORY
A 60-year-old Findlay man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison for his conviction on an importuning charge, a third-degree felony, for an incident with an 11-year-old that occurred March 30.
Jeffrey Julien also was sentenced to five years of post-release control. He also must register as a Tier 1 sex offender following his release.
Ohio’s importuning law states, “No person shall solicit a person who is less than 13 years of age to engage in sexual activity with the offender, whether or not the offender knows the age of such person.”
Julien was initially charged with two counts of kidnapping, a first-degree felony, and gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony. The kidnapping and gross sexual imposition charges were dropped when Julien pleaded guilty to importuning on Sept. 6.
At his sentencing Wednesday, Julien blamed the victim for his actions.
Judge Reginald Routson, who heard the case, said he couldn’t imagine the victim had somehow induced or facilitated the comments that Julien made to the victim.
“It is not legally or morally possible to allege an 11-year-old child could facilitate this offense,” Routson said.
Public defender Aaron Reid, who represented Julien, said Julien had no criminal record and served in the Marine Corps, where he received a medal for his service.
However, Assistant Prosecutor Lora Manon argued that Julien showed no remorse for his behavior and had two incidents while in jail, involving a fight and vandalism, which meant he had a higher likelihood of committing another crime.
Routson agreed with Manon.
“I don’t see any remorse here,” Routson said. “All I see is an attempt to shift blame onto an 11-year-old child.”