June 29, 2016

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Sex with teen begets a year in prison for Gloria Glens Park man, 19

Trebor Simon

Trebor Simon

A 19-year-old Gloria Glens Park man was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison for having sex with a teenage girl and having a nude photo on his phone of another girl.

Trebor Simon, of the first block of Lakefield Lane, pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. The charges are fourth- and fifth-degree felonies, punishable by up to 2½ years in prison.

Simon also was labeled a Tier II sex offender, meaning he must register with his local sheriff’s office every six months for 25 years after his release from prison.

Medina County Prosecutor Matt Razavi said Simon had sex with a 14-year-old girl in December. When police arrested him, they found the photo of another girl on his phone.

Razavi asked county Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler to sentence Simon to 17 months in prison and had a victim advocate read a statement from the girl’s mother.

“I know my daughter isn’t innocent in this, but Trebor is an adult and should have known better,” the mother wrote. “I pray you put him in jail so this doesn’t happen again.”

The mother said Simon took the girl’s virginity and tried to seduce a friend of the girl on Facebook.

Simon’s attorney, Sean Buchanan, said the teenager went to his client’s residence after running away from home. He said Simon at first didn’t want the girl at his house, but eventually let her inside.

Buchanan said his client admits to the having sex with the girl but said Simon has developmental disabilities that make him mentally “more like a young teenager than an adult.”

Simon, who was given a chance to address the judge, said he didn’t know how old the girl was.

“She said she was 19 and her Facebook page said she was 19,” Simon said. “All of my friends said she was older.”

He admitted what he did was wrong.

“It doesn’t make it right,” he said, “but I didn’t know her age.”

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.