YOUNGSTOWN - A man who pleaded guilty to abusing two female relatives was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison.
Carvell Cecil, 37, of Campbell, apologized to Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Lou D'Apolito after his wife and pastor asked for a lenient sentence.
D'Apolito said their opinions of Cecil's conduct did not outweigh the need to punish Cecil and protect others from him.
Cecil was also classified as a Tier II sex offender, meaning after his release, he will have to register with the county sheriff's office every six months for 25 years. He faced a maximum of 29 years and nine months in prison. Prosecutor Natasha Frenchko asked for 15 years.
Cecil said he was ''embarrassed'' and ''upset'' about the charges but never mentioned the two female relatives he is accused of sexually abusing.
''I caused a whole lot of bad things,'' Cecil said.
Cecil pleaded guilty Jan. 24 to four counts of importuning, three counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, and three counts of public indecency.
Frenchko said Cecil began abusing the first female relative from the time she was 9 until she was 13, and his wife knew about the abuse shortly after they were married in 2005.
He then abused another relative, also beginning at the age of 9, and the abuse stopped sometime in 2012, Frenchko said.
''He knew what he was doing,'' Frenchko said. ''He was a sick individual.''
She said Cecil should receive the 15-year sentence because he already showed he would not change his behavior by abusing the second relative.
Cecil's attorney, Brian Tareshawty, told the judge his client admitted to the facts of the case and pleaded to the indictment. He argued for a shorter sentence, saying Cecil has never been in trouble before and that being in prison as a first-time offender would drive the message home that he must get help.
His pastor, the Rev. Kenneth Parrimore, said that Cecil and his wife reported the abuse to the Children Services Board when they came to him for marriage counseling last fall, and that Cecil turned himself in.
''He was not running, not hiding, not trying to get out of trouble,'' Parrimore said.
Cecil's wife, Darla, told the judge she realizes she cannot live with her husband anymore, but asked for leniency because she wants him involved in the lives of the three children from their marriage as much as possible if he receives the proper counseling.
She said she does not condone what her husband did, and Parrimore and Darla Cecil both said he was a good man.