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STRUTHERS, Ohio - A Struthers man who admitted to sexual abuse of a child and accepted a plea agreement was sentenced on Wednesday.

54-year-old James Fetty has been jailed since his arrest in July of last year on multiple charges, including rape and gross sexual imposition. The charges involved a young girl over a five year period starting when the victim was eight years old.

The prosecution says that due to family circumstances Fetty had been entrusted with the girls care.

"And instead of caring for her he was actually sexually abusing her," said Assistant County Prosecutor Natasha Frenchko.

The prosecutor says the victim, who is now a teenager, was injured both physically and psychologically and is still in counseling.

"Her recovery is continuing and it could take the rest of her life to attempt to cope with what happened to her," said Frenchko.

When given the opportunity to speak, Fetty expressed remorse and told the court that he has a sickness and needs help.

"I wish that there was a way that I could take it all back. I don't know what else to say except I'm very sorry for her and I'm sorry I ruined her life," said Fetty.

The prosecution had recommended a sentence of 20 years. The defense argued for a lighter sentence, noting that Fetty had cooperated with investigators.

After reviewing the case evidence, the judge imposed a sentence of 10 years.

"I'm happy to know that he will be off the street for 10 years. The object is to project society and we want to protect society the best we can from a predator like Mr. Fetty," said Frenchko.

Outside the court after sentencing, Fetty's parents said they hope he can get the help he needs.

 

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