Former EMT sentenced for sex crime


By Staff Report

A Dresden area resident and former EMT was sentenced to prison Wednesday morning for his attempted involvement with a 13-year-old girl.

Jestin Brown, 26-years-old, will be forced to register as a sex offender and spend the next year of his life behind bars after an unsuccessful attempt at requesting community control.

Brown appeared in court Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to reduced charges of attempted gross sexual imposition, a fifth-degree felony.

According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor Gerald Anderson, Brown attempted to get his 13-year-old victim to touch him in a sexual way.

Multiple people expressed concerns about Brown’s actions, Anderson elaborated.

While Brown was an EMT, he was also accused of inappropriate conduct, but never criminally charged in the matter.

Anderson added that Brown has no prior felony criminal record.

Brown’s attorney, Keith Edwards, argued for community control, which is common for other first time low lew felony offenders within the county.

Edwards said his client was remorseful about the situation and asked the judge to place Brown on community control.

Judge Kelley Cottrill reminded Edwards and Brown that due to the sexual nature of the crime that he was not required to impose community control and could send Brown to prison.

Cottrill cited letters written by the victim and her mother where they discussed the trauma the 13-year-old girl suffered from the situation.

“This is a 13-year-old victim,” said Cottrill who then proceeded to ask the defendant how old he was.

Brown responded that he was 26-years-old, double the girl’s age.

After a moment’s pause, Cottrill denied Brown’s request for community control and sentenced him to 12 months in prison.

Brown will be required to register as a tier 1 sex offender for the next 15 years.