BUCYRUS — A Bucyrus man will spend the next three decades in prison after pleading guilty to nine counts of a 24-count indictment of sex-related crimes.
Justin D. Millhouse, 33, formerly of 23 Pinewood Court, was sentenced by Judge Sean Leuthold to 30 years in prison on Thursday in Crawford County Common Pleas Court after he pleaded guilty to three counts of pandering obscenities involving a minor, second-degree felonies, and was sentenced to seven years in prison on each count. He also pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual battery, third-degree felonies, and was sentenced to three years in prison on each of those counts. Those six sentences are to run consecutive to one another for a total of 30 years.
In addition, Millhouse pleaded guilty to three counts of endangering children, second-degree felonies. He was sentenced to three years on each of those counts but those sentences are to be served concurrent to the other six sentences.
Millhouse was arrested by Bucyrus Police in July after his live-in girlfriend, 32-year-old Bethany M. Thompson, tipped off police that she found nude photos of teens on a computer belonging to her boyfriend Justin D. Millhouse II. While investigating, police said it appeared that someone else took the photos while Millhouse was allegedly inappropriately touching an unconscious teen girl. After further investigation, Thompson was charged for her role in photographing at least one of the incidents of sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl. Thompson is the mother of two children of her own, ages 13 and 15 at the time of the incident.
Thompson was sentenced two weeks ago to 15 years in prison for her role in the sexual abuse of the victim.
Millhouse was represented by attorney James Mayer who said that his client will have the right to ask the court for early release after he serves 15 years of the 30-year sentence.
Crawford County Assistant Prosecutor Ryan Hoovler said that he would vigorously oppose any motion for an early release for Millhouse.
Millhouse will be subject to five years of mandatory post-release control and must register every 90 days with the Sheriff’s Office in the county in which he lives or works in as a Tier III sex offender for the rest of his life.