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Man pleads guilty to assaulting drugged teen

YOUNGSTOWN — James P. Schreckengost, 24, of West California Avenue in Sebring, will be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. April 13 after pleading guilty Wednesday to attempted gross sexual imposition.

Schreckengost was indicted in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on one count of sexual battery for giving drugs to a girl, 16, in March 2020, and sexually assaulting her while she was under the influence, prosecutors say.

Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny presided over the hearing.

Prosecutors are recommending that Schreckengost spend nine months in prison. Schreckengost’s attorney can argue for probation at the sentencing.

Schreckengost will be classified as a sex offender and must register with the sheriff in the place where he resides once per year for 15 years.

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