SALEM MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD SEX CRIME CONVICTION. A Salem man, one of nearly 1,700 people rounded up in a nationwide crackdown on child sex offenders, has been sent to prison.
October 30, 2019
A Salem man, one of nearly 1,700 people rounded up in a nationwide crackdown on child sex offenders, has been sent to prison.
Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Scott Krichbaum on Tuesday sentenced 54-year-old Timothy Leverknight to spend one year in state prison. Also declared a Tier Two Sex Offender, Leverknight will also be required to register his address with authorities twice a year for 25 years and will be on probation for five years.
Leverknight pleaded guilty in September to charges of attempted unlawful sexual contact with a minor and importuning, which makes it illegal to solicit another person for sex.
Arrested as part of a nationwide effort the Justice Department calls “Operation Broken Heart,” Leverknight was one of seventeen people rounded in Mahoning County.
The suspects were taken into custody as part of an investigation by the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force, which is part of Attorney General Yost's Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission and the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).
The sting involved undercover officers posing as minors.
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