Hart man sent to prison for child abuse.

January 18, 2017
Ottoniel Fonesca with his attorney, Tim Roelig.

Ottoniel Fonesca with his attorney, Tim Roelig.

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Hart man sent to prison for child abuse.

By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 20-year-old Hart man was sentenced to two to 10 years in prison Wednesday, Jan. 18, in 27th Circuit Court for a conviction of second-degree child abuse.

Ottoniel Fonseca, of 211 Dryden St., was arrested last May by the Hart Police Department for three felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) and lodged in the Oceana County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond.

Fonseca agreed to do extra time in exchange for the dismissal of the CSC charges, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

The case stems from an “inappropriate relationship” Fonseca had with a 14-year-old female victim, Bizon said.

Fonseca’s attorney, Tim Roelig, requested that his client be sentenced under the terms of the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA)*, but Judge Anthony A. Monton denied the request. “This is way too serious to entertain the idea of you being treated under HYTA,” Monton said.

“I’m very sorry for the crime that I committed,” Fonseca told the judge, who gave him credit for 251 days served in jail.

*HYTA explained here

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