CANTON -- A local man will spend 11 years in prison for encouraging his wife to sexually abuse a child while he was locked up in the Stark County Jail.
Jack D. Baggott, 24, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Stark County Common Pleas Court to complicity to rape and complicity to gross sexual imposition.
Judge Taryn Heath sentenced Baggott about two weeks after sentencing his 25-year-old wife, Alisha M. Baggott, to 11 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition.
Jack Baggott's attorney, Eugene O'Byrne, said his client reached the plea agreement to avoid a potential life prison term if convicted at trial. He said the evidence against Baggott was overwhelming.
Jack Baggott solicited and encouraged Alisha Baggott to engage in a sex act with a young girl during a recorded phone call while he was incarcerated at the Stark County Jail on a domestic violence charge unrelated to the rape case, according to the Stark County Prosecutor's Office.
Last December, Alisha Baggott sexually abused two young girls, according to court records filed in the case by the Prosecutor's Office. The abuse occurred in Beach City and was investigated by Beach City police. Baggott ordered one of the girls to perform a sex act, court records said.
Two of the charges against Alisha Baggott stemmed from the jail call, said Dan Petricini, an assistant Stark County prosecutor. A third charge was unrelated to the jail call, Petricini said.
The plea agreements spared the young victims from the trauma of testifying in court, the assistant prosecutor said.
Social workers with Stark County Children Services, a division of Job & Family Services, had contacted police about concerns involving Alisha Baggott and the two young girls. Court records had listed Alisha Baggott's address as the Minerva area at the time of her arrest.
Upon release from prison, each defendant must register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of their life.
Jack Baggott also faces potential prison time in a Galveston, Texas case. In 2014, he pleaded guilty to arson stemming from an apartment fire, Petricini said. A prison sentence had been suspended in that case, he said.
Since Baggott violated the probation conditions, he faces a term of five to 99 years in prison in Texas, Petricini said.