Mary Alice Reporting – A 39-year-old will now register as a Tier 1 sex offender for the next 15 years.

The case for Sean Gamble relates to the charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance. The incidents occurred between September and October 2014 with a 14-year-old girl.

The state revoked their prior sentencing recommendation due to Gamble not complying with the pre-sentence investigation in-terms of him using marijuana and not reporting to a Stark County assessment clinic.

During Thursday morning’s court hearing, Gamble claimed that he attempted, on multiple occasions, to set up an appointment with the behavioral health facility and that the drug use relates to the death of his son.

“I think they got upset because when I made my physical appearance there she wasn’t very nice with me and that’s who I talked to every time I called. About the marijuana use, that’s my fault. I shouldn’t have done it but that’s a hard time for me when it’s his anniversary.”

Judge Elizabeth Thomakos noted that this case was serious and that, per the victim’s impact statement, has affected her psychologically.

“[She is] on medication for depression and anxiety. The offense appears to have been facilitated by your relationship with the victim, who was a neighbor who had just lost her father to cancer. The victim’s judgement was impaired with marijuana.”

As part of Gamble’s sentence, he will serve 30 days in the Tuscarawas County jail and will be under community control sanctions. Should he violate any laws or sentencing terms, Gamble will go to prison for nine years.

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