Man pleads guilty to raping child

The man will be sentenced June 12.


YOUNGSTOWN — A Cleveland man convicted of raping an underage girl will be going to prison.

Edson Halk, 41, of Platten Avenue, appearing before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court this week, has accepted a plea agreement from prosecutors in regard to three counts of rape. He will be sentenced June 12.

Under the terms of the agreement, Halk pleaded guilty to one of the rape charges against him with prosecutors agreeing to drop the second and third counts.

Halk is facing between three and 10 years in prison on the charge and up to a $20,000 fine. He also will have to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life once released from prison.

J. Michael Thompson, assistant county prosecutor in the case, said the prosecutor’s office will make a sentencing recommendation of eight years. He said the plea agreement was reached with the female victim in the case in mind.

“The reason for the plea is to spare this juvenile victim from having to go through a trial. This [agreement] will keep [Halk] in jail until she is an adult,” said Thompson.

Halk is accused of raping a girl between age 7 and 10 between Jan. 1, 2006, and Sept. 22, 2008. He was indicted by the county grand jury Jan. 29 on the three counts of rape.

He failed to appear in court in February for his arraignment, forcing Judge Krichbaum to issue a bench warrant for his arrest. Halk was arrested in early March and has been in the county jail since that time.

His case was investigated by Springfield Township police.

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