Man sentenced for impregnating teen

Hickenbottom, 25, had no prior criminal record

By Melanie Yingst - [email protected]


MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee sentenced Shaquille Hickenbottom, 25, of Troy, on Monday, to serve two years in prison for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

In April, the Troy Police Department arrested Hickenbottom for having sexual conduct with a 14-year-old female for more than a year. The victim’s mother used Hickenbottom’s cell phone and discovered text messages and photos of her daughter on the phone. According to statements in court, the victim was five months pregnant at the time of his arrest.

Gee noted Hickenbottom’s clean record with no prior convictions before sentencing him to serve 24 months in prison on three counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor. The sentences will run concurrently.

Prior the sentencing, Hickenbottom said he was “truly sorry” for his actions.

According to the victim’s mother in a statement in open court, Hickenbottom took advantage of her daughter when she and her fiance, a relative of Hickenbottom’s, let him move in their home since he was homeless. She also said Hickenbottom lied to the teen about the pregnancy test results, preventing her from receiving prenatal care.

“My daughter’s life is forever changed,” said the victim’s mother.

Hickenbottom was labeled a Tier II sex offender and must register his address every 180 days with the sheriff’s office for the next 25 years. He will also serve five years of post-release control upon his release from prison. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim.

In other court news:

Matthew Callihan, 30, of Dayton, was sentenced to serve 11 months in jail for fifth-degree felony drug possession on Monday. The sentence was part of a plea agreement amended the charge of fourth-degree felony gross sexual imposition down to an assault in Miami County Municipal Court.

In March, Callihan was originally charged with fourth-degree felony gross sexual imposition and fifth-degree felony possession of drugs. According to court records, the incident, investigated by Piqua Police, reportedly involved a minor under the age of 15. Callihan is also accused of being under the influence of heroin at the time of the incident.

“You can work on your drug problem in prison Mr. Callihan,” Gee told the defendant.

Callihan received seven days of jail time credit.

Hickenbottom, 25, had no prior criminal record

By Melanie Yingst

[email protected]

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