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Brown judicial release denied



A convicted Tier II sex offender will have to spend at least another year or so in prison after Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor denied his motion for early release in a ruling filed earlier this week.

To date, Chad Brown, 38, has served about eight months of a stated three-year prison sentence for a third-degree felony count of gross sexual imposition.

“At the time of sentencing (Feb. 21), the Court found the defendant was not amenable to the available community control,” Judge O’Connor wrote. “In the Court’s opinion little has changed in six months.

“While the defendant has expressed himself in a letter to the Court, his plans are general.”

Mr. Brown is entitled to only one judicial release hearing over the course of his prison term, according to state law, so he may not file for early release again.

“The Court, however, retains jurisdiction to later grant judicial release on its own motion,” the judge wrote. “The Court would be willing to review this after the defendant has served at least one half of his sentence and the Court is approached by the defendant with a detailed plan of his living arrangements including employment, counseling and a strict prohibition of no contact with underage individuals.”

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