|Robert Pavlovich Jr.|
By Myles Snyder
NEW BLOOMFIELD (WHTM) - A former Marysville police officer serving a minimum 10-year sentence for molesting or propositioning nearly a dozen young women has pleaded no contest to repeatedly having indecent contact with another teen.
Robert Pavlovich Jr., 43, made the plea in Perry County court Wednesday to charges including aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors, and unlawful contact with a minor.
By pleading no contest, he admitted no guilt but conceded prosecutors had enough evidence to win a conviction.
The charges stemmed from allegations brought against Pavlovich following his 2009 conviction.
His accuser testified during a preliminary hearing last year that Pavlovich first approached her at a bus stop when she was 14 years old. She said Pavlovich was in uniform and was driving a police cruiser.
After the initial encounter, she said Pavlovich often came to her house and molested her. She said there were at least 30 encounters between 2001 and 2004, and that Pavlovich called her frequently and sometimes tried to get her to sneak out late at night by shining a light into her bedroom window.
Pavlovich will serve no additional prison time. As part of the plea deal, he agreed to serve 2-5 years concurrent to his initial sentence of 10-26 years.
Steve Snyder, the attorney who represented Pavlovich's first accusers in a civil lawsuit against Marysville Borough, said he wasn't happy with the outcome.
"We would have hoped that this sentence would have gone consecutive as well instead of concurrent," Snyder said. "My understanding is that his attorney wouldn't agree to consecutive."
"We think this guy is sick," he added. "We think he belongs in prison where he is and we would have liked to see him stay there longer."