Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Former city councilman convicted of solicitation

The Associated Press

INDEPENDENCE - A former city councilman will be sentenced next month after an Ohio judge convicted him of solicitation.

Otis Ketron, 48, of Independence, no longer works at Procter & Gamble, where a judge found him guilty of using the Internet on his work computer to solicit sex with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl.

The teenager was actually Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy Ricky Sweeney working undercover.

Ketron pleaded no contest Tuesday to importuning, or solicitation, as part of a plea agreement with assistant prosecutor Brad Greenberg. In return, Greenberg dropped four other importuning charges.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge David Davis convicted Ketron after hearing his plea.

Ketron, arrested in March, has resigned from his first-time post on the Independence City Council. He faces up to one year in prison and will be sentenced Sept. 10.

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