Freedom pair plead guilty to sex with girl, 15

Record-Courier staff report Published:

A Freedom couple has pleaded guilty to reduced charges for having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl several times between May 2011 and April of this year.

Matthew P. Bradley, 21, and Raven K. Delong, 20, both of 6251 Vair Road, recently pleaded guilty to one count each of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, both first-degree misdemeanors, in Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom.

Sentencing in both cases is pending pre-sentence investigations. The charges were reduced from felonies to misdemeanors following plea negotiations between defense attorneys and the Portage County Prosecutor's Office, according to court records.

The couple, who according to Delong's Facebook page are engaged to be married, were indicted in September on four counts each of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, all fourth-degree felonies, after a Portage County Sheriff's Office investigation determined they engaged in sexual conduct with the underage victim at least four times over the span of a year.

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