Salem man gets 17 months in prison for sex with minor

LISBON – James Houshour II, 22, East Third Street, Salem, spoke of moving forward and making the best of his situation just before he was sentenced in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to 17 months in prison on Thursday for four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Houshour, who was 19 at the time, had sex with the same teenage girl in Lisbon four times in either late June or during the month of July in 2012. Three of the sexual acts reportedly happened at a location on East Washington Street, while the fourth occurred in the Columbiana County Fairgrounds.

The girl was 13 years old when the alleged crimes began, although she turned 14 during the month of July that year. The charges noted Houshour knew the girl was between 13 and 16 years old at the time of the crimes.

Although they had a right to be heard at the hearing, Assistant County Prosecutor Timothy McNicol said the girl’s family was notified of Thursday’s sentencing hearing, but chose not to attend.

Each count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor carried a possible maximum sentence of 18 months in prison for a total possible sentence of six years, but in Houshour’s case McNicol only requested the 17 months for each count, with each sentence to be served concurrently to the other. Judge Scott Washam agreed with the recommendation.

Houshour was credited with 115 days already served, but McNicol noted Houshour also is facing an additional charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in Portage County, where there is a warrant out of Ravenna Municipal Court.

At this point, he will be considered a Tier I sexual offender with annual registration requirements.