Zachary J. Gibson of Ada was sentenced on Monday, November 29 for an incident that occurred in the Ada park back in June.

Gibson was arrested by Ada police on June 26 in one of the park's restrooms after police were alerted of text messages that Gibson had sent to a 14-year-old boy. Gibson, a 2010 Ada High School graduate, was 18 years old at the time of his arrest.

He was originally charged with Attempted Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Possession of Criminal Tools and Criminal Trespass. All charges are misdemeanor offenses. Gibson pled not guilty and then changed his plea to guilty to an amended charge of Disseminating Matter Harmful to Juveniles on September 30. The other two charges were dismissed in the plea negotiations.

Hardin County Municipal Court Judge Greg A. Grimslid sentenced Gibson to 180 days in jail with 177 of them suspended. Gibson received credit for the three days he served in jail. A fine of $225 was imposed, and he was ordered to serve 100 hours of community service. Gibson was also sentenced to one year of supervised probation (Community Control) with the following special rules: he is to have sexual offender counseling and follow all recommendations; he is to have no contact with the victim or the victim's family; he is not to appear at any Ada High School events; he is to stay out of the Ada park during his probation period; and he is to have no contact with any minors without adult supervision.

The victim's mother, Stacey Park, had filed a Civil Protection Order against Gibson right after the incident in June. That CPO is in effect for five years.

Park said that her main concern is her son, now age 15, who she says is being harassed in and out of school regarding the incident. "My son had no idea what was going on," Park said. "My husband found the texts." Park and her husband took their son's phone to the Ada Police Department to report the texts, and the investigation of those texts led to Gibson's arrest in the park.

Park is still furious over the incident, saying that Gibson would not admit his guilt outside of court. "He's telling people he's innocent," she said, adding that her son is in counseling and is seeing a youth pastor to deal with the situation.

Park has made the claim that her son is enduring harassment at school and at school events. She said that she has spoken to Ada High School Principal Gary Ludwig about the "bullying" that she said her son is being subjected to.

Ludwig responded to Park's claim by saying "it's news to me." Ludwig continued, saying that no teachers and no other students have come to him to report any harassment of Park's son.

"I don't see anything going on, and neither do the teachers," he said. "I can understand her position, but that's one thing we just don't tolerate. When we're made aware of it, we deal with it."