Cuyahoga Falls man gets life in prison for raping 5-year-old girl

By Steve wiandt Cuyahoga Falls News Press Published:

Richard James Frederick Jr., 25, of Cuyahoga Falls, was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to repeatedly raping a 5-year-old girl.

The crimes occurred between January and May of this year, according to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.

Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands immediately sentenced Frederick to life in prison, according to Walsh. He will be eligible for parole in 2037. The rape charge was a first-degree felony. Frederick also pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony.

"He decided he was not going to put his family through a trial, and he was going to accept the responsibility and consequences for what he did," said Frederick's attorney, Scott Rilley. "He cooperated with the police early on … there wasn't very much he didn't tell them."

The state never intended to have the victim testify in court, Rilley said. Prosecutors had the victim's statement to hospital personnel as well as Frederick's admissions to police.

Rilley said the sentence is "not the best," but if Frederick was tried and convicted, the court had the option of giving him life without parole.

Cuyahoga Falls police arrested Frederick on June 8 after interviewing him at the police station. At the time of the arrest, police said Frederick was living in Streetsboro.

Rilley said Frederick was living in Cuyahoga Falls until the allegations surfaced, at which time he moved.

Contact this reporter at 330-5419420 or swiandt@recordpub.com

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  • Well well, I wonder if the Portage County Judges will read this and get some concept of what a sentence should be for a child rapist or molester. I would prefer that the taxpayer did not have to pay to keep this lowest of scumbags alive, but even if you could give them the death penalty he would live out most of his worthless life before all the appeals have been used. Maybe some inmate will make him pay for what he did.

  • I hope the judges and prosecutors at the "Portage County Discount House of Justice, Lowest Sentences, Always! No Plea Deal Refused" read this article.

  • How can a person do this to a child? Ive never really understood how these sick people think! I hope the child can move on with her life and be normal! I always wonder where the parents were during all of this? Im not sure how I could live with myself as a parent if someone did this to my child. I would carry a bit of guilt or anger with me 4 ever! Man I hate these stories..