By Clinton Randall
January 24, 2014
GREENVILLE - A Union City man will avoid a possible life sentence in a sex case involving two minor children.
Paul A. Jessup pleaded guilty Friday morning to two counts of Attempted Gross Sexual Imposition, a felony of the fifth degree, in the Darke County Court of Common Pleas.
He was originally indicted in June 2013 on 10 serious felony charges, including six counts of Gross Sexual Imposition, felonies of the third degree, and four first degree felony counts of Rape, that all carried a possible life sentence due to the victims’ ages in the case.
The 55-year-old Jessup was accused of the serious sex crimes involving two female victims that were ages 12 and 8 at the time of the offenses that allegedly occurred in April of 2013.
The state dismissed the original indictment and chose to file instead a Bill of Information which allowed Jessup to waive a new indictment hearing by a Grand Jury and agree to a plea agreement in the case.
“This was the best possible resolution given all the facts in the case,” Darke County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Deborah S. Quigley stated.
Jessup will now face a maximum of 2 years in prison and a $5,000 fine at a March 21 sentencing hearing. He remains free on pre-trial supervision at his new residence in Randolph County, Indiana and undergo a pre-sentence investigation prior to the March sentencing. He was previously convicted of a first degree misdemeanor count of Endangering Children in January of 2000 in which he spent a total of 8 days in jail and one year of probation.
If he is sent to prison he will be placed on a post release control for up to 60 months with the Adult Parole Authority. He is now also required to register as a Tier I sex offender for the next 15 years.
Jessup is represented by Dayton defense attorney Kevin L. Lennon of Rion, Rion & Rion.