The appeal of a Newton Falls man convicted of child sex crimes has been denied by the Ohio 11th District Court of Appeals.

Back in September of 2023, 42-year-old Lawrence Vickers was sentenced to 58 months in prison on seven counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance and one count of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile.

The charges stem from Vickers having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl, as well as sending her a nude photograph. He was also found to be in possession of a nude photograph of another minor.

Vickers argued that the court "improperly imposed consecutive sentences contradicting the overriding purposes and principles of sentencing."

However, the Appeal Court found this appeal to be without merit and upheld his sentence.