Man found guilty of soliciting teen

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Untario Davis (left) prepares to leave the courtroom with Deputy Kevin Scherley of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning.

A jury found a Fostoria man guilty of soliciting a 14-year-girl for a sexual encounter Tuesday morning.

Untario A. Davis, 37, of Fostoria, was convicted of a charge of importuning, a fourth-degree felony, during his trial in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom.

The five-man, seven-woman jury also found he previously had been convicted of a sexually oriented offense.

Jurors deliberated for about an hour and 40 minutes Monday before going home for the evening. They returned their verdict after about two hours of deliberation Tuesday.

Shuff sentenced Davis to 17 months in prison, with 12 months being mandatory. Davis must register as a Tier I sex offender and was granted credit for 66 days already served.

He declined to speak before sentencing.

Seneca County Prosecutor Derek DeVine said Davis was convicted of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fifth-degree felony, in Lucas County in 2001. He said Davis had shown no remorse and was not taking responsibility for his actions.

After sentencing, DeVine said he was pleased the jury found him guilty. It was a difficult case with a young victim having to testify about such a delicate matter, he said.

After sentencing, Alex Smith, Davis’ attorney, said they were disappointed with the verdict, and Davis is going to pursue an appeal.