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Ravenna man pleads guilty in teen sex case

Benjamin Chaykowski, 20, tried to have sex with girl, 15

By DAVE O'BRIEN Reporter Published: September 19, 2017 4:00 AM

A Ravenna man has pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sex with an underage teen girl late last year.

Benjamin N. Chaykowski, 20, of 226 King St., pleaded guilty Sept. 6 in Portage County Common Pleas Court to attempted importuning, a fourth-degree felony, and sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor.

Judge Laurie Pittman accepted the plea and ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Chaykowski, who is free on bond, faces up to 18 months in prison and registration as a sex offender.

Between Dec. 31, 2016, and Jan. 1, Chaykowski allegedly attempted to engaged in sexual conduct with a 15-year-old girl. He also was charged with having sexual contact with her despite knowing she was not able to consent. The age of consent for sexual activity in Ohio is 16.

Chaykowski was indicted in June by a Portage County grand jury on one count each of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fifth-degree felony. Those charges were amended prior to his plea agreement.

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