Jefferson County Man Pleads Guilty To Gross Sexual Imposition with 15-year-old


A Jefferson County man caught having sex with a 15-year-old in a cemetery in Steubenville has plead guilty to gross sexual imposition.

Eric Shifflett was caught in the act with the girl back in August, and will now spend one year in prison.

Shifflett and the girl met up at the mall, stole multiple over the counter medicines to get high off of, then took a bus to the cemetery before engaging in sex.

People walking through the cemetery notified police of what was taking place, and according to the prosecution, when police arrived to the scene they found more.

“By all accounts, the defendant and this young girl had gone together to party together before the sexual contact took place,” said Jefferson County prosecutor Jeff Bruzzese.

Once he is released from prison next summer, Shifflett will be required to register as a tier one sex offender and will have a lifetime weapons disability.

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