Man Found Guilty of Sexually Abusing Three Young Girls Faces Possible Life Sentence

Mansfield, Ohio – In a swift verdict, a jury found Stephen Hughes guilty of sexually abusing three young girls after deliberating for under two hours on Friday. The six-man, six-woman panel in the Richland County Common Pleas Court convicted Hughes, 25, on three counts of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition. The charges stem from the abuse of three girls, all aged seven or younger.

Sentencing has been scheduled for February 16 by Judge Phil Naumoff, who presided over the trial. Due to the age of the victims, Hughes may face life imprisonment. The abuse took place at an apartment on Crouse Street in Mansfield, where Hughes resided with his brother, his brother’s girlfriend, and the three girls.

This is not the first conviction related to this case. Hughes’ brother and codefendant, Stonie Butler, was previously found guilty on ten sex-related counts in August. Naumoff sentenced him to three consecutive life terms.

The outcome of the trial provoked reactions from attorneys and the guardians of the victims, whose perspectives shed light on the impact of the abuse. Their insights and responses to the verdict will be available on

The conviction of Stephen Hughes highlights the importance of holding individuals accountable for acts of sexual abuse against minors. The legal process has provided justice to the three young victims, offering hope for their healing and recovery. This case serves as a reminder of the ongoing need to protect vulnerable children and ensure their safety in our communities.