Van Wert man pleads to sexual conduct with minor

July 31, 2013

VAN WERT - A 38-year-old Van Wert man pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor Wednesday in Van Wert Common Pleas Court.

Matthew Peffley, 38, of Van Wert, pleaded guilty to one count of the charge. Two other counts on the same charge were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Peffley will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Aug. 28 after court personnel finish a pre-sentence investigation. He faces up to eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Peffley was previously released from prison early after being convicted of arson and insurance fraud for setting his Ohio City house on fire in 2007.