City man sentenced on sex charge

STEUBENVILLE – Jeffrey L. Hanlin, 23, of 988 McKinley Ave. was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after Hanlin pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition.

Hanlin was charged with having sexual contact with a then-9-year-old boy on Dec. 21, 2011, at a home in Smithfield.

Hanlin was found incompetent to stand trial and was ordered to undergo treatment at a state facility in September 2012. He was found competent in February 2013.

A plea of not guilty by reason of insanity was entered in March 2013 and another state mental health evaluation was ordered. County Assistant Prosecutor Jeffrey Bruzzese and defense attorney Steven Stickles stipulated on Wednesday that Hanlin was competent to stand trial.

Hanlin has been either in jail or in a state facility for 18 months, Bruzzese said.

Henderson ruled that Hanlin is a Tier II sex offender, requiring him to report his address to the sheriff of the county where he lives every 180 days for 25 years.

Hanlin will be on probation for six months after his release from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. He faces up to 18 months in prison if he violates probation.

Also, Joshua B. Anderle, 37, of St. Clairsville was allowed to enter drug treatment in lieu of conviction Wednesday following a hearing before Henderson.

Anderle was charged with possession of heroin following a traffic stop by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on July 6.

Anderle was ordered to complete drug treatment. If he completes the program and stays off drugs for a minimum of one year, the charge against him will be dismissed.

Anderle faces eight months in prison if he violates probation.

Roy B. Norris, 34, of 2235 Sunset Blvd. was placed on two years of probation on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. after Norris pleaded guilty to have a weapon as a convicted felon.

A second count of carrying a concealed weapon was dismissed upon a motion of the county prosecutor’s office.

Norris was convicted in 2002 of felony drug possession, and a lifetime ban was imposed preventing Norris from being in possession of a firearm.

Bruzzese also issued a $200 fine. Norris faces up to three years in prison if he violates probation.