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Springville Man Sentenced To House Arrest After Having Sex With Minors
Updated September 28, 2015 8:17 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BEDFORD) - A Springville man was sentenced to House arrested after having sex with two minors.

Lawrence County Superior Court II Judge William Sleva sentenced 21-year-old Jacob Mitchell in three different cases Thursday.

According to court records, on March 27, Jacob was arrested on a Level 5 felony for having sex with a 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl. He pleaded guilty to the crimes and was sentenced to four years at the Department of
Department of Corrections with three years suspended to supervised probation. One year will be served on house arrest.

Both girls claim that the then 20-year-old Mitchell raped them. But later both girls told police that the sex was consensual. The girls told police they made up the story about being raped "to cover up engaging in a threesome." The incident happened on November 15 at a home in the 2700 block of Washington Avenue.

Mitchell was arrested after the mother of the 14-year-old told police she had received the nude pictures in messages.

Mitchell had also admitted in Facebook messages to the 14-year-old's sister and to police that he had sex with the girls. He told police he took a picture of both girls while they were naked on a bed.

In January, Mitchell was charged with dissemination of matter harmful to minors, a Level 6 felony. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year on house arrest.

In those cases, Judge Sleva ordered Mitchell to register as a sex offender, is to participate in the ADAPT program and to have no contact with either victim.

According to the plea agreement, the sentences will be served concurrently.

In a third case, Mitchell was arrested and charged with illegal consumption of alcohol, a Class C misdemeanor. That charge was dismissed.

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