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Flitcraft sentenced for 2015 molest

Brian Powers - bpowers@perutribune.com

A little more than three years after being arrested on child molestation charges, 21-year-old Christopher Flitcraft was sentenced in the Miami County Circuit Court yesterday. Flitcraft will be facing another 70 days in the department of corrections before spending almost two years on a supervised sex offender probation for his November 2015 arrest for child molestation.

Circuit Court Judge Timothy Spahr accepted a plea agreement proposed to him by Miami County Prosecutor Jeff Sinkovics and Flitcraft’s attorney Gary Cook.

Before making a determination on the agreement, however, Spahr discussed the case with both attorneys and the defendant.

Sinkovics asked Spahr if there would be a no contact order in place between Flitcraft and the victim, to which the judge affirmed. Cook then made sure his client understood what the order entails.

“You know, Mr. Flitcraft, that means if you’re a Kmart and you see her, you’re required to turn around and leave,” Cook asked.

Flitcraft told the court he understood and would comply.

Spahr asked if either attorney would like to make statements, in which Sinkovics spoke first.

“The way we came to this agreement was through months of preparation with the victim, myself and the victim advocate,” he said. “The victim asked us to make this agreement.”

Sinkovics told the court the victim was already a shy, mild-mannered person and a trial would do more harm than good.

“It was abundantly clear that the victim wouldn’t be able to testify,” he said. “There’s no reason to put her through further trauma.”

Sinkovics also mentioned Flitcraft having a juvenile record, but that the charges had little impact on the current case. Spahr agreed with the juvenile record having little weight on the decision. The judge also mentioned that Flitcraft was 17 at the time of the incident and had his charges waived into adult court due to the nature.

Cook agreed with Sinkovics on the impact a jury trial would have on the victim.

“I think a good faith plea agreement is all we need,” he said. “I don’t think going to trial would be anything but a problem to this little girl.”

Sinkovics added that testimony would be vital should the case go in front of a jury.

“We have no physical evidence,” he said. “So the case would be solely on the victim’s testimony.”

Spahr allowed Flitcraft to make a statement to the court on his behalf, but the defendant refused to do so. Spahr then spoke to the court.

“I recognize there are times where it’s very difficult for a victim to come into the courtroom and testify in front of a lot of people,” he said. “So I will accept the plea agreement.”

Spahr then sentenced Flitcraft to a total of 487 days incarcerated. In that, he included good time and time already served, so Flitcraft is set to be released in about 70 days, not including good behavior time. After he is released from custody, he is required to serve 685 days on a supervised sex offender registry. After he successfully completes his sentence, Flitcraft is required to register as a sex offender for 10 years after the completion of the terms. Spahr also included a no contact order with the victim, in which Flitcraft was instructed to have no form of direct or indirect contact.

Neither the victim nor any family member were present for the hearing. The mother of the victim did request a notification when Flitcraft is released, however.