Youngstown man sentenced in sex sting case

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James Jaster will get credit for the 500 days he's been held in the Mahoning County Jail

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown man caught up in a sex sting in Youngstown was sentenced Monday.

James Jaster, 74, was sentenced to 18 months behind bars on charges of promoting and compelling prostitution. He will get credit for the 500 days he’s been held in the Mahoning County Jail.

After he’s released, Jaster will have to register as a Tier 2 sex offender.

Prosecutors say Jaster admitted that he paid for sex in October 2019 and that some of his victims were underage.

Another suspect, Ronald Hellman, was sentenced last week for providing the victims in exchange for drugs.

“So the information he did give certainly assisted the state in securing a plea and conviction on Ronald Hellman, who was, I think, one of the main perpetrators here,” said Atty. Jennifer McLaughlin.

Others charged in the sting were Lori Jackson, Elaine Hellman and Charles Krusac.

Jackson is scheduled to go on trial March 25.

Elaine pleaded guilty to obstructing a human trafficking investigation and was sentenced to 18 months probation. Prosecutors said she used her position as a 911 center dispatcher to alert her son, Ronald, about the investigation.

Krusac, who was at the center of the human trafficking ring, took his own life.

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