WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Bristol man previously convicted of a child pornography-related charge in Lake County was in a Trumbull County courtroom on Monday to plead guilty to similar charges.
Addison Fasula pleaded guilty to an amended indictment charging him with 11 counts, including attempted rape, gross sexual imposition, illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor. The sexually violent predator specification was dropped.
“The goal is to make sure he can’t hurt kids anymore, so hopefully we did that today,” said Assistant Prosecutor Gabe Wildman.
Prior to sentencing, a relative of the victim addressed the court by saying, “This has been utter hell. I definitely think he deserves to go to prison, along with, my family agrees with me, he does not deserve any freedom.”
Prosecutors say Fasula sexually abused a five-year-old girl, took photographs of her in a state of nudity and was in possession of internet-based child pornography. The crimes happened between June 2022 and August 2023.
Judge Sean O’Brien called Fasula’s actions “incomprehensible” before sentencing him to 20 years to life in prison.
“I think the most important thing is the victims are satisfied. I think any time we can put a sex offender in prison for the rest of his life without little kids having to come in and testify, that’s a good day,” Wildman said.
Fasula will also have to register as a Tier 3 sex offender for life.