YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Youngstown police officer on leave pleaded guilty Wednesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to three counts of felonious assault in a sex case.
In exchange for his plea, Arthur Carter, 47, had 19 charges against him dropped.
The charges stem from a 2017 indictment and a 2018 superseding indictment charging Carter with unlawful sexual conduct with underage girls, dating back to 2009.
The case was prosecuted by the state Attorney General Office’s Crises Against Children Unit.
Assistant Attorney General Natasha Frenchko said she could not comment on any of the charges because the attorney general’s office prohibits prosecutors from commenting to the media.
Carter has been free on bond and will remain free on bond pending sentencing, which has not been set yet.
Prosecutors are recommending prison for Carter but will stand silent on judicial release after six months.
Judge Anthony D’Apolito, who took the plea, said he will probably sentence Carter to prison but he is open to hearing arguments on why he should receive probation.
Carter was an officer on the Youngstown for about 10 years before he was indicted and has been on unpaid leave since then.