Kittle Pleads Not Guilty To Compelling Prostitution

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Fred Kittle, the Glouster man accused of having sexual contact with a minor in 2013, pleaded not guilty to all four counts of his indictment Monday in Athens County Common Pleas Court.

Kittle, a 69-year-old man who is also a registered sex offender, registered the not guilty plea in response to a four-count indictment – two counts of compelling prostitution and two counts of importuning, third- and fourth-degree felonies, respectively.

The court set Kittle's bond at $50,000 and scheduled a jury trial for April 15.

The case stems from a 2013 case involving the trading of a 16-year-old female to Kittle for sex in exchange for drugs and money. Aileen Mays was convicted of compelling prostitution on March 19 and was sentenced to five years in prison. She will testify against Kittle as part of her deal and will register as a tier-two sex offender for 25 years, according to a release from Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn.