ELYRIA — A Lorain man who prosecutors believed filmed himself having sexual relations with an Elyria teen who had run away from home in February pleaded guilty Friday.
William Brown Jr., 46, pleaded guilty to counts of fourth-degree felony pandering obscenity involving a minor and pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor and misdemeanor interference with custody and contributing to unruliness or delinquency of a child Friday before Judge Chris Cook. Brown also had been indicted on second-degree felony counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, but those counts were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
“I’ve had an opportunity to discuss this case with law enforcement, and they believe this is the appropriate resolution in this case, for many reasons,” Assistant County Prosecutor Paul Griffin said. “Primarily, counts one and two deal with the defendant essentially having pornography and then distributing it or sharing it with somebody else. There’s not evidence of that happening in this case.”
Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will had said Elyria police were able to figure out where the girl had gone and then determined she and Brown had been engaging in sexual relations, which Brown had allegedly filmed and put on the internet.
Griffin said Brown will be required to register as a Tier 2 sex offender, which lasts 25 years and will require him to register twice a year with the sheriff’s office. Griffin also said the state will be asking for Cook to impose a community control sanction on Brown when he’s sentenced Sept. 7.
“Before I go through all of this, I want to be very clear with you on something,” Cook said addressing Brown prior to accepting his guilty plea. “I don’t know about the facts of this case. … I don’t know anything about your background. I’m telling you right now, I’m not guaranteeing you that I’m going to go along with a community control sanction. That is not something that is part of this deal. I will take that into consideration as a recommendation, but it’s not a guarantee on the table.”
Brown could face a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and six months in jail along with $6,000 in fines, Cook said.