KENT: A Kent State student was sentenced on Monday to almost two years in prison and will be required to register as a Tier I sex offender following an incident involving two 14-year-old girls at a slumber party he chaperoned in February in Kent.
Benjamin Schwartz, a 20-year-old graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School, in June pleaded guilty to importuning, a fifth degree felony, gross sexual imposition, a third degree misdemeanor, and unlawful sexual Conduct with a minor, a first degree misdemeanor.
Portage County Municipal Court Judge John Enlow sentenced Schwartz, who is listed as Biotechnology major at Kent State’s main campus, to nine months in county jail for importuning, 60 days for gross sexual imposition and 180 for pleading guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a Minor. Along with the jail time, Schwartz is required to register as a Tier I sex offender and five years of mandatory probation following his release. Schwartz will report to Portage County Jail on Monday.
Under Ohio law, a Tier I sex offender is subject to registration and verification requirements once every 12 months for a period of 15 years.
Schwartz, of Franklin Township, allegedly attacked the first 14-year-old victim during the afternoon of Feb. 16 and attacked a second victim in the early morning of Feb. 17. Schwartz was allegedly able to separate the victims from the other juveniles in attendance at a home on Kimberly Drive in Kent. Schwartz did not have a prior criminal history.
Originally charged with rape, the criminal complaint filed with the Portage County Municipal Court stated Schwartz engaged in sexual conduct with two juvenile minors. The report also stated he is accused of using force or threat of force against the second victim. Police issued a warrant for Schwartz’s arrest on Feb. 27, after the complaint was filed.