A Lancaster man entered a guilty plea Tuesday to six charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor charges after changing his earlier plea in Delaware County Commons Pleas Court.
Brent Russell Plummer, 26, said he had sex with a 14-year-old Delaware County girl earlier this year without ensuring that she was an adult.
Plummer was scheduled to stand trial and face nine counts of rape, first-degree felonies; nine counts of unlawful sexual conduct, third-degree felonies; and three counts of gross sexual imposition, fourth-degree felonies; but a motion filed Monday reported that he would be changing his plea.
On Tuesday morning, Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Bigler told Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David Gormley that Plummer would plead guilty to six charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, third-degree felonies, and the other charges would be dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Plummer was sworn in and told Gormley that he began communicating with the Genoa Township girl over the internet and eventually came down to meet her. Plummer said that on two occasions he and the girl had sex but said he was unaware of her age and said she lied about her age online.
“I was reckless in that regard,” Plummer said. “I should have done more [to make sure she was 18].”
Gormley found Plummer guilty, ordered a pre-sentence report and scheduled him to be sentenced on Sept. 2 at 10 a.m.
Gormley said Plummer faces between 12 months and 60 months in prison for each of the six offenses and would have to register as a tier 2 sex offender.
Plummer’s attorney, Scott Wolf, also asked that Plummer’s bond be modified so he does not have to spend the next six weeks in jail awaiting his sentencing.
After learning that this was Plummer’s first offense, Gormley reduced his bond from $75,000 to $45,000.
Plummer was still in the Delaware County Jail Tuesday afternoon.
Prosecutors said the incidents took place between Jan. 1 and Feb. 22 when Plummer was arrested. Genoa Township police began an investigation after a third party brought the victim to police late in February and asked to file a report about the conduct. A warrant was issued and Plummer was taken into custody a short time later.
Plummer was indicted by a grand jury on March 3. The nine unlawful sexual conduct charges were added on June 17.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.