Man pleads guilty to sex charges

A Tiffin man is awaiting sentencing after recently pleading guilty to charges of pandering obscenity involving a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.

According to court documents, a pre-sentence investigation was ordered last week for Michael A. Ford, 42, who pleaded guilty to the charges in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom. According to Ford’s indictment, he could face up to two-and-a-half years in prison and a fine of up to $7,500.

Ford was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury for buying, procuring, possessing or controlling obscene material that has a minor as one of its participants in January 2012, according to his indictment.

He also possessed or viewed material or a performance that shows a minor in a graphic state of nudity, the indictment states.

Tiffin man gets four years for burglary

A 20-year-old Tiffin man was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary, a second-degree felony charge, in Seneca County Common Pleas Court.

Matthew E. Lands, who was arrested in August after he was found inside a closet after breaking into a West Crestview Lane residence, was sentenced by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff last week, according to court documents.

Lands, who had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, was the boyfriend of the West Crestview Lane residents’ daughter. He was located by the homeowner in a closet, and keys to the homeowner’s car and credit cards had been found on him.

3 charged for food assistance fraud

Three Tiffin residents have been indicted on charges in connection to the illegal use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

According to court documents, Zane S. Troup, 20, was charged with two counts of illegal use of a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, a fifth-degree felony, and Julie A. Fitzpatrick, 65, faces one count of the same charge. Joanna Orta, 41, faces four counts of the fifth-degree felony charge.

According to their indictments, their alleged misuse of the benefits occurred in April. Both Zane and Fitzpatrick have appeared in court and were released on own recognizance bonds, according to court documents.

According to their indictments, each count of illegal use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits carries a prison sentence of up to a year and a fine of up to $2,500.