Local man sentenced for importuning case in Warren County

Sentenced: Charles Garitson (Courtesy Warren County Prosecutor's Office)
Sentenced: Charles Garitson (Courtesy Warren County Prosecutor's Office)

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WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -- A man is sentenced after he tried to meet with a teen boy for sex online when it was actually a police officer.

23-year-old Charles Garitson was convicted of importuning in January and was sentenced to thirty days in jail and three years of community control Wednesday.

Garitson will also be labled a Tier 1 sex offender that will require him to register his address once a year for fifteen years.

The incident began when Garitson was having an Internet conversations with who he thought was a 15-year-old boy. The boy was actually a police officer.

He arranged to meet the teen with  the intent of having sexual relations with him. When Garitson arrived at the meeting place he was immediately arrested.

Officials say that Charles Garitson spent a large amount of his time with children and teenagers. He worked with local theater groups and helped the band at Monroe High School. Garitson was also the music director at a church in Hamilton.