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Former firefighter gets prison for sexual conduct with child

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    Former Granger Twp. Fire Lt. Brandon Quinn (right) is pictured with his attorney Steve Bailey (standing) during his sentencing Monday. Quinn was convicted of 11 counts of gross sexual imposition in January after being accused of having sexual conduct with a child younger than 13. He was sentenced to four years in prison for two third-degree felonies and 18 months for each of the nine fourth-degree felonies to be served concurrently.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury talks about the impact statement Brandon Quinn’s victim wrote to Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier during Monday’s sentencing hearing for former Granger Township fire Lt. Quinn. Neither Quinn nor the victim spoke during the hearing. NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — Former Granger Township fire Lt. Brandon Quinn was sentenced to four years in prison Monday for having sexual conduct with a child younger than 13.

In January, a jury found Quinn, 35, guilty of two counts of gross sexual imposition, third-degree felonies, and nine fourth-degree felony counts of gross sexual imposition. The incidents occurred between January 2007 and June 2012.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier sentenced Quinn to four years in prison for the third-degree felonies and 18 months for the fourth-degree felonies, to be served concurrently.

Quinn also was labeled a Tier II sex offender and must register as such for 25 years once he’s released from prison.

During Monday’s hearing, county Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury spoke on behalf of the victim, who did not wish to address the court.

“Your honor, in reading the letter that she wrote to you in her victim impact statement, I was struck by the fact that you kind of forget as adults that we are, and when you are not the victim of sexual abuse, how it can affect your entire life and the reasons it happens and the way she still blames herself,” Salisbury said.

“She has to struggle with those things. So, more so than just the physical things sexual abuse does to the victim, it is the lifelong effect it has.”

Defense attorney Steve Bailey asked the court to take into consideration Quinn’s service as an EMT and letters that spoke to Quinn’s character.

“I certainly don’t have to tell you that nobody is all good and nobody is all bad. Good people do bad things sometimes, and I ask the court to weigh the good against the bad in this case,” Bailey said.

Collier said that while he did receive the letters attesting to Quinn’s character, there was another side to the case heard by the jury.

“The jury’s verdict in this case is that the defendant over a period of many, many years engaged in unspeakable sexual acts against this young woman, child at that time,” Collier said. “Consequently, they found him guilty of these offenses and he is being sentenced for the offenses he committed.”

Bailey said that while the sentencing was basically what he expected, he plans to file and appeal within the next 30 days.

“We still don’t agree with the jury, but that is the way our system works,” Bailey said. “We put information in front of the jury, the jury acts and we all life with it, that’s our system.”

Quinn declined to speak during his sentencing hearing.

Quinn was fired Feb. 4 from his position as a lieutenant with Granger Township Fire and Rescue by township trustees after being placed on unpaid leave in June 2017.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.



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