Prosecutor recommends 4 year sentence for former Victory Christian youth leader
A former local church youth group leader awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to charges filed after being accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl and sharing obscene material with another teenage girl.
Mark Cuprik, 22, appeared Monday in Mahoning Couty Common Pleas Court where he entered pleas to sexual battery, pandering sexually-oriented material, disseminating material harmful to juveniles, importuning and, sexual imposition.
He has also been declared a Tier 3 Sex Offender for life.
Prosecutors are recommending a four-year prison term when Judge R. Scott Krichbaum sentences him on February 7.
Cuprik allegedly drove to Beaver Township Memorial Park with a girl last March.
According to police, Cuprik was a friend of the girl’s family, as well as a youth group leader at Victory Christian Center.
Police say a family member began chasing Cuprik’s car. The chase involved high rates of speed and a disregard for traffic control devices, according to the report.
Cuprik eventually dropped the teen back off at the park and she was reunited with family members.
Following an investigation into social media accounts, the grand jury indicted Cuprik on charges of Sexual Battery, Unlawful Sexual Conduct With a Minor, Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor, Disseminating Matter Harmful to Juveniles, and Importuning.
According to the indictment Cuprik engaged in sexual conduct with the teen from late February through late March. His indictment also indicates that a second juvenile victim was discovered during the investigation.
The indictment says that from 2017 to 2020 Cuprik shared obscene material with another girl, who was as young as fifteen.
Investigators say Cuprik also possessed material showing a minor engaging in sexual activity.
The plea followed weeks of negotiations between prosecutors and defense attorneys.