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No prison time for two men convicted of sex crimes with girls

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Two men who were accused of forcing three girls, as young as seven years old to have sex with them, will not go to prison.

The Richland County men were originally indicted in 2011 on 17 counts of rape and gross sexual imposition.

A judge in Mahoning County Court on Friday sentenced 33-year-old Paul Van Pelt of Shelby, Ohio to two years probation after he pleaded guilty earlier to two counts of gross sexual imposition.

 34-year-old Matthew Van Pelt of Plymouth Ohio, who was convicted of five counts of gross sexual imposition, was placed on probation for three years.

However the two must register as sex offenders.

The Richland County men were originally indicted in 2011 on 17 counts of rape and gross sexual imposition

Investigators say the crimes occurred between 1997 and 2002 in Mahoning County. The victims are now in their 20's.

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