MIAMI COUNTY — A repeat sex offender was sentenced Monday to serve 42 months in prison for gross sexual imposition in Miami County Common Pleas Court.
Michael R. Finley, 29, of Piqua, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offense in July as part of a plea agreement with the state where Finley agreed to serve 42 months in prison.
The incident took place in late January, and the victim was a male juvenile under the age of 13. Finley was also on active post release control from a prior sex offense conviction at the time the offense occurred, according to court records.
“I’m really sorry for what I’ve done,” Finley said. “I have a problem.” Finley said that he “needed help,” adding, “I know it was wrong.”
While going over Finley’s sentencing, Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt recognized that Finley’s relationship with the victim helped facilitate the crime and that a prison sentence was “necessary to protect the public.”
“The victim suffered psychological harm,” Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt said.
Finley was previously registered as a tier II sex offender, but he will now have to register as a tier III sex offender due to being convicted of another sex offense.
Finley’s prior offenses include fourth-degree felony unlawful sexual conduct with a minor or corruption of a minor in 2006. He spent 15 months in prison for that offense.
He was also convicted of third-degree felony compelling prostitution in 2008. Finley spent four years in prison for that offense.
More recently, in October 2015, Finley was found guilty of third-degree misdemeanor sexual imposition and served 50 days in jail for the offense.
Finley asked for a continuance on serving his sentencing so he could attend his grandmother’s funeral being held Monday evening. His request was denied due to the seriousness of the crime as well as the court already granting Finley a motion for continuance earlier this month.
Finley received 105 days of jail credit. Once released from prison, he will be subject to five years of mandatory post release control.
In other news:
A local man, with previous addresses listed in both Piqua and Troy, was sentenced for punching a Troy police officer in the face.
Albert A. Lewis, 23, was sentenced to a year in prison for fourth-degree felony assault.
The incident took place in March on Kent Lane in Troy.
According previous reports, officer Eric Kilbourne of the Troy Police Department was punched in the eye by a man residing at the home where the call originated where there was a report of a disturbance with a neighbor at the Kent Lane house.
As police officers were investigating the incident, Lewis was reportedly not cooperating before punching Kilbourne. Another officer then tazed Lewis.
Both Kilbourne and Lewis were taken to Upper Valley Medical Center for treatment after the incident.
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