Pratt pleads guilty to sexual battery


By Melanie Yingst - myingst@troydailynews.com



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MIAMI COUNTY — A Tipp City man entered a plea of guilty to sexual battery and gross sexual imposition charges in a plea agreement deal with the state on Friday.

Sean Pratt, 35, of Tipp City, was arrested by Miami County Sheriff’s Office in August. The age of the female victim is under 12 years of age.

Pratt confessed to detectives that he sexually assaulted and abused a female victim under the age of 12 in his home throughout the summer. The victim was known to Pratt. Pratt appeared for the hearing with attorney William Daly present.

As part of the plea agreement, the state will dismiss the grand jury indictment of one count of first degree rape and three counts of third degree felony gross sexual imposition. Pratt was arraigned on new charges through a bill of information charging him with two counts of second degree felony sexual battery and three counts of gross sexual imposition. Through the plea agreement, Pratt will serve consecutive sentences on all charges for a grand total of 30 years in prison. Of the charges, 16 years are mandatory by law for the sexual battery charges. He will be labeled a Tier II and III sexual offender upon his release from prison.

The state will dismiss the indictment and proceed with the bill of information following the sentencing hearing set for Nov. 27 with Judge Jeannine Pratt presiding.

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By Melanie Yingst

myingst@troydailynews.com