Editor’s note: This story includes details about an attempted rape incident that some people may find upsetting. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual or domestic assault, contact the police or The Tompkins County Advocacy Center here.


ITHACA N.Y. — A Syracuse man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl in Tompkins County Court.

Sethik Howe. (Provided by Ithaca Police Department)

Sethik Howe, 20, of Syracuse, pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree sexual abuse for allegedly forcing a 16-year-old girl to repeatedly have oral sex with him between the months of Dec. 2016 and Mar. 2017. At the time, Howe was 19 years old.

Howe is being recommended to six months in jail, plus 10 years of probation, according to court records. He will also have to register as a sex offender. An order of protection remains in effect. The court is committing to a no greater sentence than what was recommended, records state.

Howe’s case has been adjourned until 1:15 p.m. Oct. 31.

Mitchell Wajda

Mitchell Wajda is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice and a senior at Ithaca College where he studies screenwriting. Mitchell can be reached via email at wajda.mitchell@gmail.com.