WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A 75-year-old man convicted of two felony counts of gross sexual imposition will spend just five years on probation.
Judge Wyatt McKay sentenced Matthew Kalas, Sr., to supervised release Wednesday morning in Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas.
Kalas admitted to molesting two young girls and apologized in court Wednesday, saying “it would never happen again.” The girls he molested were eight and 11 at the time.
Prosecutors said they were hoping that he would spend some time behind bars, however.
“Ultimately, we recommend prison. We thought prison was appropriate, and the court disagreed and thought, due to a number of factors, that probation was a better outcome, and obviously the court makes that call,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gabe Wildman.
Kalas will have to register as a tier two sex offender, and if he violates the conditions of his probation, he could spend up to 54 months in prison.