A Stow man will spend the next 15 years in prison before he is eligible for parole after pleading guilty to raping a 15-month-old girl in Ravenna Township in August 2012.
Logan A. West, 19, of 4890 Wyoga Lake Road, pleaded guilty to rape of a child under 10 years of age, a first-degree felony, in Portage County Common Pleas Court.
Judge John Enlow immediately sentenced him to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.
West also was labeled a Tier III sex offender, meaning he will be required to register his address with his local sheriff's office every 90 days for the rest of his life.
West was arrested after the Portage County Sheriff's Office was called to investigate injuries suffered by a 15-month old girl at her mother's house on South Prospect Street.
The injuries were revealed after Ravenna Township paramedics were called to help the infant on Aug. 4, 2012, and found evidence of suspected sexual abuse, according to the sheriff's office. The child was treated first at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, then later at Akron Children's Hospital, and released.
Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said West was in a relationship with the child's mother. The mother told detectives she put the child to bed without a problem that night. She later heard the child crying, and West approached her holding a bloody diaper, Vigluicci said.
Detectives interviewed West, who admitted to penetrating the child with his fingers. His explanation was that he took out his "anger" on the child after the child's mother refused to have sex with him, Vigluicci said.
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