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Brown granted judicial release

Sex offender’s scheduled out date was 2015

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A sex offender was granted judicial release Wednesday in his second hearing on the matter before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor.

Chad Brown, 39, will reside at 4423 County Road 1, at a farm owned by Carl and Becky McClure. He’s to have no unsupervised visitation with minors, including his daughter, according to terms of his release.

The defendant was sentenced in February 2012 to three years in prison for one count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony, and was labeled a Tier II sexual offender.

He molested a girl under the age of 13 to whom he was not related, while she was staying at his house in 2011.

The court first took up the issue of judicial release last November. At the time, Judge O’Connor denied the defendant’s request to get out of prison, but the court retained authority to file its own motion for judicial release at a later date.

That day came Wednesday.

The defendant has a minimal criminal record and the 20-plus months he’s served is pretty much in line with sentences in similar cases, the court noted.

Judge O’Connor also said the decision to grant the defendant’s release now gives the court jurisdiction over what to do with him should he re-offend.

“If he serves his entire sentence a mandatory post-release control sanction applies and if he violates, he’ll be under the control of the Adult Parole Authority,” Judge O’Connor said. “If he gets judicial release and violates community control, he’ll come back here and the court will decide what to do with him.

“I’d rather he be under the control of the court.”

Mrs. McClure told the court she met the offender through the prison system. Mrs. McClure’s son, James E. Riley III, is currently serving a nine-year sentence at the Madison Correctional Institution for two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and one count of kidnapping.

She said the defendant can live at the farmhouse she shares with her husband, Carl, and work around their property cutting grass and shoveling snow in the winter months.

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