Potential jurors waited while negotiations for a plea continued Wednesday morning. At the hearing, Wall asked Lucas if the plea was made voluntarily. He hesitated and looked at family members in the gallery before answering, “yes.”
Lucas was a longtime football and basketball official for the OHSAA. The license was suspended following his indictment in 2017. That case was dismissed last year with Lucas indicted again early this year.
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His bail conditions included having no contact with the victim or her family. Paul Watkins, first assistant county prosecutor, told Wall that Lucas was charged once while the case was pending with violating a separate protection order and the victim and family reported a second alleged violation recently but charges were not pursued.
Defense lawyer Jon Paul Rion asked Wall to give Lucas time to get his affairs in order before sentencing, noting Lucas had appeared for all court hearing the past two years.
Wall revoked the bail. She said Lucas will be classified as a Tier II sex offender, which will require registration of his address with the sheriff for 25 years.