‘I am sorry’: Woman overcome with emotion during sentencing for child sex charge

A West Chester Twp. woman who pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with a juvenile has been placed on probation.

Beth Ann Manning, 40, of the 7900 block of Victory Court, was indicted in July on five counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony.

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In January, Manning entered the guilty plea in Butler County Common Pleas Court to one count, and the other four charges were dismissed, according to court records.

Prosecutors say the crime involved sexual touching of a 17-year-old boy. The indictment said Manning had sexual conduct with the juvenile between May 1 and May 16.


Howard on Wednesday placed Manning on five years of probation. She was declared a Tier I sexual offender requiring her to register with the sheriff’s office annually for the next 15 years. She faced up to 60 months in prison.

Defense attorney Brad Kraemer said during the short hearing that Manning, the mother of seven children, is in counseling and is remorseful for her actions.

Manning cried as she tried to read a statement before sentencing.

“I am sorry for any damage I have done,” Manning said before being overcome with tears.

Kraeamer then read the rest of the statement, which ended, “I will never do anything like this again.”

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Howard said he believed, based on her lack of criminal past and her actions seeking treatment and finding employment, that she is unlikely to re-offend, so did not give her a prison sentence. He warned her to stay way from the victim and his family and noted she would go to prison if she violated conditions of her community control.

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