NEWARK - A Pataskala area man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Tuesday after admitting to raping a child multiple times over the course of about four years.
Joseph W. Pond, 46, entered guilty pleas to two counts of rape, both first-degree felonies; and one count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony.
Assistant Licking County Prosecutor Paula Sawyers said a 12-year-old girl had disclosed the abuse to an official at her school on Nov. 4.
Court records indicate the girl had told the school official she had been abused earlier that day.
Sawyers said in later interviews the girl said she had been abused multiple times between June 2012, when she was eight years old, and November 2016.
The girl underwent a sexual assault examination and evidence was collected and tested by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Sawyers said. The evidence matched Pond's DNA to seminal fluid found during the examination.
Prior to Tuesday's hearing, Pond had been charged with counts of rape that would have carried the potential for a life sentence. After examining the case and the evidence prior to trial, Sawyers said a decision was made to amend the charges to a maximum of 11 years each.
Pond's attorney, Diane Menashe, requested Judge Thomas Marcelain follow a jointly recommended sentence of 14 years. She said Pond had no prior criminal record, was taking responsibility for his actions and had worked as a business operations manager for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for more than a decade prior to his arrest.
Pond's only statement during court was to apologize to his family.
"I know how devastating this is for them," he said before thanking them for supporting him.
Marcelain said if any person had earned a life sentence, it was Pond.
"There are no words to describe it," he said of Pond's actions.
Marcelain ordered Pond to serve 14 years in prison, 11 of which are mandatory. Upon his release, Pond will be required to register as a sexual offender every 90 days for the remainder of his life.
Christopher Michael Williams, 36, and Wanda Williams, 39, both formerly of McEwen were taken into custody Tuesday.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) received a complaint in October 2016 that Jason Miller, 42, of Lake Charles, had sexually assaulted a family member, sometime between 2009 and 2010 when the victim was 6 years old, the department posted on their Facebook page.
An investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.
On March 30, Miller was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Later the same day, the CPSO Warrants Division located Miller at his place of employment, where he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated rape.
Judge Thomas Quirk ordered that Miller be held without bail. CPSO Detective Michael Primeaux is the lead investigator on this case.
A member of the Hanford Patrol is suspected of raping a preteen.
Steven D. Mix, 56, was booked into the Benton County jail on Friday for first-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation by Kennewick police, said Sgt. Randy Maynard on Monday.
The crime occurred at an undisclosed time in the past and no further information is being provided by police.
Mix is a member of the Hanford Patrol, a federal security agency protecting nuclear material, classified matter and employees on the Hanford nuclear reservation. The patrol is part of Mission Support Alliance, a contractor for the Department of Energy.
Hanford Patrol member accused of raping child APRIL 3, 2017 BILL STEVENSON
A 47-year-old man, Magaji Mohammed, who impregnated his sister in-law by raping her, was on Monday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The accused, a driver who resides at 18, Atobaje St., Agege, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge bordering on rape.
The prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu, told the court that the accused committed the offence on November 2016 and Feb. 28, 2017 at the accused residence.
Ogu said that the accused raped his 16-year-old sister -in-law, impregnated her and gave her a harmful drug to use with the intention to abort it.
“The accused raped the girl when his wife traveled out of town. And when the girl discovered that she missed her period, she told the accused.
“The accused gave the girl a herbal concoction which made the girl to abort the pregnancy,” he said.
Imtiaz Ahmad Somra, counsel for the victim, told The Express Tribune that the victim’s statement before a magistrate and her initial medical examination were the incriminating evidence against the accused. He said Sahil, an NGO working against child sexual abuse, provided counseling and free legal aid to the victim.