Man accused in Child sex case changes plea

WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – A Newton Falls man accused of forcing young children into prostitution in Warren changed his plea in court on Thursday morning.

Mark Carnes, 54, of Maple Street, pleaded guilty to 21 counts, including five counts each of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and compelling prostitution, and 11 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. In exchange, five rape counts were dropped.

According to court documents, the alleged incidents happened in February of 2009 and involved two girls when they were only 13 and 15 years old. Carnes will be sentenced at a later date.

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