Tittle pleads guilty to rape

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – A long running case involving child rape may close with a sentencing in two weeks.

During Monday’s session of Belmont County Common Pleas Court Jared Luke Tittle, 40, 325 21st St., Bellaire, appeared before Judge Jennifer L. Sargus and entered a plea of guilty to an amended charge of rape of a child younger than 13 but older than 10, a felony of the first degree occurring Sept. 10, 2010. Sentence was set for May 13.

The charge carries a mandatory sentence of 10 years to life. A pre-sentence investigation and victim impact statement were ordered.

In 2011 Tittle was arraigned on two counts of rape of a child younger than 10. Prosecution amended the first charge and nullified the second.

Jared Tittle was arrested by the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office in November 2010 for allegedly raping a child under the age of 5, photographing a child and pandering in child pornography.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com