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.
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