An Ashley man was sentenced to prison time Wednesday after pleading guilty in Delaware County Common Pleas Court to burglary and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in April.
Jeremy Cackler-Fox, 18, of Ashley appeared in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Wednesday afternoon for a sentencing hearing where Judge David Gormley sentenced him to four years in prison on a charge of burglary, a second-degree felony, and 12 months in prison on a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony. Cackler-Fox had pleaded guilty to the charges on June 30 after reaching a deal with prosecutors.
Gormley specified that the sentences will be served consecutively.
Gormley also said that Cackler-Fox will also be registered as a Tier 2 sex offender for the next 25 years.
Cackler-Fox was credited for 106 days for the time he spent in the Delaware County Jail during legal proceedings.
As part of an earlier plea agreement, another burglary charge and another charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor were dismissed.
When he changed his plea to guilty, Cackler-Fox told Gormley that on the night of April 21 he had been texting a 13-year-old Delaware girl. He said the girl told him to come over the next day and he arrived at the girl’s home on South Union Street in the early morning hours of April 22.
Cackler-Fox told Gormley that he saw the girl standing at her second-story window and she told him to take a ladder from her neighbor to reach her window. He said he entered the neighbor’s enclosed patio, took the ladder and climbed into the girl’s room.
Cackler-Fox and the girl spent some time talking and joking around, Cackler-Fox said, before he engaged in sexual conduct with the girl.
Police were called to the home by the girl’s parents about 3:30 a.m. and Cackler-Fox was arrested and charged with burglary.
Assistant county prosecuting attorney Douglas Dumolt said Cackler-Fox’s phone contained images of juvenile girls in various states of undress. Dumolt said the phone would be destroyed as part of the plea agreement and prosecutors would not pursue child pornography charges.
Cackler-Fox has an extensive criminal history and was on probation when the crimes occurred, Dumolt said at Cackler-Fox’s earlier arraignment.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.