Ex-foster parent sentenced in child sex case



Nancy Bowman
TROY —
A Ludlow Falls man and former foster parent convicted of attempted gross sexual imposition involving a girl under age 13 was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison.
Darrell Fugate, 65,originally was charged with two counts of felony gross sexual imposition for allegedly having sexual contact with a girl between April 2010 and April 2011. The charges later were amended to attempted gross sexual imposition, he pleaded no contest and was found guilty in April in Miami County Common Pleas Court.
Fugate was described in court documents as a former foster parent to many children. The charges did not involve a foster child. Defense lawyer Chris Bucio said Fugate had no criminal record and along with his wife taken more than 125 foster children into their home over the years.
Fugate apologized for his actions.
Judge Robert Lindeman said he had to weigh the problems the victim has experienced against Fugate's lack of criminal record and found prison time was appropriate.
Fugate was classified a Tier II sex offender requiring registration with the sheriff's office in the jurisdiction where he lives every 180 days after prison release.