Preble County, Ohio Prosecutor's OfficeMartin P. Votel, Prosecuting Attorney

Virgil Perry Sentenced to Prison

Published on June 13th, 2011

Summary

Virgil Perry of Lewisburg, Ohio, has been sentenced to a two-year term of imprisonment in the custody of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Perry was convicted after plea on April 11, 2011, to Attempted Rape, a felony of the second degree, involving a pattern of sexual abuse against his young victim, who [...]

Virgil Perry of Lewisburg, Ohio, has been sentenced to a two-year term of imprisonment in the custody of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Perry was convicted after plea on April 11, 2011, to Attempted Rape, a felony of the second degree, involving a pattern of sexual abuse against his young victim, who was only age 8 at the start of the abuse. The child victim disclosed Perry’s sexual abuse of her at the age of 10 to her parents, who had always treated Perry as a respected friend and surrogate family member.

The State of Ohio argued that Perry’s conduct required the imposition of a prison term given his use of his relationship to facilitate the crime, the serious psychological harm inflicted upon the child victim, and the absence of any justification for Perry’s commission of the offense. The State argued that Perry’s claim of advanced age, medical history, and lack of criminal history were merely attempts to avoid punishment and demean the seriousness of Perry’s conduct against the victim.

In sentencing Perry, Judge David Abruzzo agreed with the State of Ohio’s recommendation for the two-year term of imprisonment, finding any lesser sanction to be “inappropriate” given the seriousness of Perry’s conduct with the victim. Perry’s two-year term of imprisonment is mandatory and he is not subject to any early release.

Perry was also classified as a Tier III sex offender registrant will have to register with the sheriff in the county in which he lives or works every ninety days for the rest of his life.

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