|Couch Pled No Contest|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00|
A Tipp City man accused of sexual contact with two minors pleaded no contest to one amended charge last week, while a second charge was sent to Miami County Common Pleas Court for further action.
Willie Couch Jr., 72, of South First Street, was charged by city police with seven felonies of gross sexual imposition for alleged sexual contact with two girls over a period of years.
Police report they were told of the alleged offenses near the end of last year. They interviewed both girls as well as Couch before charges were filed.
Two of the counts involved one girl; the remaining five the other girl. The charges were third-degree felonies.
On Jan. 17 in county Municipal Court, one charge was amended to misdemeanor sexual imposition.
Couch pleaded no contest, was found guilty and was sentenced to a $50 fine, court costs, a 30-day suspended jail term and ordered to complete two years of probation. He was ordered to undergo a psychosexual evaluation.
Five of the gross sexual imposition charges were then dismissed.
The seventh charge was sent to Common Pleas Court, where a plea hearing for Couch will be scheduled, according to court officials. As part of the plea deal, he agreed to plead to one felony count of gross sexual imposition. A hearing date had not been set as of Friday.
Also at the hearing, Couch’s cash bond was amended to a recognizance bond.