MISCONDUCT: Wilkinson pleads guilty to sex charges

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City man accused of sexual misconduct with a minor pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.Chais A. Wilkinson, 19, was arrested in September. He was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor as a Class D felony. The minimum sentence is six months and the maximum is three years.When reading the charges, Judge James Heuer said Wilkinson performed or submitted to fondling with a 14-year-old female victim.Wilkinson will be sentenced Nov. 12 at 9 a.m.It will be a court decision later if Wilkinson will need to register as a sex offender.“I am not sure if it is required by the Class D felony,” said Wilkinson’s attorney, Brad Baber.Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said the state could have pursued a Class C felony charge, but did not as long as Wilkinson agreed to plead guilty to the D felony.To read the rest of this story, see the Oct. 18 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.