CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – A Canfield man learned his punishment Thursday after he admitted to sexually abusing two young girls.
Darryl Hoon, Sr., 44, pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition over the summer.
Judge Anthony D’Apolito sentenced Hoon to two years in prison Thursday, along with five years of probation. Hoon also has to register as a Tier 2 sex offender.
“The thing that I cannot do, no matter what punishment I give you — and I’ll direct this to the victims’ family what I cannot do, ma’am, and I wish I could — is turn back the hands of time,” D’Apolito said.
Prosecutors said Hoon had sexual contact with his alleged victims multiple times beginning January 2014. The children are 11 and 12 years old and related to Hoon.
“The last year and a half, it’s been one thing after another just trying to figure out why,” Hoon said in court Thursday. “Was it stress? Was it just because of a childhood thing that has been blocked in my mind? I don’t know.”
Their mother spoke in court Thursday about the trauma the girls went through and the effects it still has on them today.
“My girls have struggled with trusting everyone, including me,” she said. “They have suffered from anxiety some days so bad that we can’t leave the house.”
The victims and their mother moved out of state after Hoon’s arrest.
“I encourage all parents to stand up for their children — listen to them and watch for the signs of any kind of abuse or any changes in your child’s behavior,” the mother said. “Because had I noticed that, we may not have been here today.”
“No amount of jail time will ever take away the pain we have suffered,” she added.