Ohio adoptive father sentenced in child rape case

AP News
Posted: Feb 26, 2013 12:31 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A judge sentenced an adoptive father Tuesday to 50 years to life in prison, the second lengthy sentence for the 40-year-old western Ohio man who admitted raping three boys in his care.

The sentence will run at the same time with one of 60 years to life in another case, virtually ensuring that he will spend the rest of his life in prison. In both cases, he pleaded guilty after reaching plea agreements with prosecutors.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Katherine Huffman ordered the sentence that had been agreed to in the plea deal. The man had agreed to testify in the trial of a Dayton area man charged with raping an adopted son who was 10 years old at the time, but that man also reached a plea agreement to avoid trial.

The Montgomery County sentencing wraps up child rape cases against the man and two other men he allegedly arranged to let rape one adopted son. The other case was in his home county of Miami, where another man pleaded no contest to child rape counts just before his trial was to begin.

Asked by the judge if he wanted to make a statement, the man dressed in blue jail jumpsuit replied: "No m'am."

He was arrested a year ago Sunday after an investigation that began with an undercover detective looking into an online posting about what was called "taboo" sex.

The adoptive father pleaded guilty Nov. 2 to six counts of raping the three young boys in his care in Miami County. He pleaded guilty Dec. 20 in Montgomery County to one count each of child rape and complicity to rape under a plea agreement that calls for 50 years to life in prison. If he were ever released from prison, he would have restrictions including reporting his whereabouts as a sex offender.

A longtime foster parent and former youth basketball coach, the man had adopted two boys and the sister of one of the boys, and had been in the process of adopting a fourth child, another boy. They had all been placed with him from Texas foster care through a private adoption agency. The children were put in the care of county children's services in the aftermath of his arrest.

The Associated Press isn't naming the adoptive father to protect the identities of the three boys and one girl in his care. The children were age 9-12 when he was arrested a year ago.

The man told The Associated Press in interviews late last year that he loved the children and was sorry for the pain he had caused, and that he wanted to spare them having to testify in a trial.

Patrick Rieder, 32, pleaded guilty in Dayton earlier this month to charges including rape of a child under 13. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

In Miami County, Jason Zwick, 30, of the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek pleaded no contest Jan. 8 to one count of child rape in that case and was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison.