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Sex offender granted early release



A Tier II sexual offender was granted early release from prison Wednesday by Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor.

Todd Hines, 29, formerly of the Sidney area, had served just over six months of a three-year sentence for gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony.

Mr. Hines was placed on five years’ intensive community control and was ordered to participate in the probation incentive program, which the judge called a “specialized docket” to help convicts turn their lives around.

The defendant was working in the prison dish room, was on a waiting list for several counseling programs and had stayed out of trouble for the duration of his stay, defense attorney Jim Gudgel said before adding Mr. Hines hopes to renew a relationship with his two daughters, who are currently in the custody of another relative.

“He understands now that behavior wasn’t appropriate,” Mr. Gudgel said.

The mother of the 11-year-old victim implored the court not to release the defendant from prison.

“He’s served only a fraction of his sentence,” the girl’s mother said. “Justice is not being served if he’s released.

“Let Logan County citizens know there is a justice system and it does work and it stands up for its citizens.”

The victim’s mother said her daughter now suffers from nightmares and has trouble trusting other people.

“What if it was your daughter or granddaughter that had her innocence taken from her?” she said.

Judge O’Connor assured the girl’s mother that he does evaluate cases through that prism and called Mr. Hines a “good risk” for judicial release.

“The court relates to everyone as if they’re from my family,” Judge O’Connor said. “At some point, everyone is going to get out. There is no life sentence for this offense.

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