Man sentenced for sex offenses

By Katherine Wartell

A Manhattan man was sentenced to 91 months in prison Tuesday for aggravated indecent liberties and aggravated indecent solicitation of two children who were under 14 years of age when he committed the crimes.

Carlton Howard, 53, entered an Alford plea to the crimes in September though his attorney, public defender Jennifer Chaffee. An Alford plea is a guilty plea in which the defendant still asserts his innocence. According to court documents, it was entered so Howard could avoid a lifetime prison sentence.

Assistant County Attorney Barry Disney represented the state in the case.

In the first count, Howard was convicted of engaging in lewd fondling or touching of a child. In the second count, Howard was convicted of soliciting a different child to commit or submit to an unlawful sexual act.

Both children were younger than 14 when the crimes occurred, and according to court documents, the crimes began in 2006 and 2007.

The state originally charged Howard with 16 other counts, but those were discharged.

Howard was arrested in July of 2011.

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