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A Ravenna man who refused to apologize to his victim in court for a sexual assault that occurred in the city in January essentially talked his way behind bars on Monday, receiving a 10-month prison sentence.
John H. Arrington Jr., 30, of 600 W. Main St., was sentenced by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman. He pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, in June.
Arrington originally was indicted by a Portage County grand jury on one count of rape, a first-degree felony, in March. Ravenna police said he sexually assaulted a 38-year-old woman in Ravenna on Jan. 13. He faced up to a maximum of 18 months in prison.
Arrington -- whom Pittman said had a "terrible" criminal record and scored high on a risk assessment test -- refused to apologize to the victim when given the chance.
"I don't know what … I'm a young man, I don't know what to do," he told Pittman in a rambling, defiant statement. "If (the victim) wants an apology, she's gonna have to find it somewhere else."
Onlookers in the courtroom gasped audibly as Arrington made the statement. Pittman told Arrington his statement was all she needed to hear, and found him "not amenable" to community control sanctions including probation or local jail time.
"You've given me every indication I need," she said, imposing the prison term on Arrington. He also was labeled a Tier I sex offender, requiring him to register his address with his local sheriff's office once per year for the next 15 years.
Defense attorney Joe Gorman earlier had said Arrington "could've availed himself of a trial," but decided instead to take a lesser plea and avoid the rape conviction.
"It is a very odd case," Gorman told Pittman. "The facts are odd."
He added that Pittman and the Portage County Prosecutor's Office both had shown they had no problem allowing Arrington out on bond prior to sentencing. During that time, Arrington "had no trouble, no run-ins or confrontations with the victim," Gorman said.
Arrington has a "long (criminal) history," Assistant Prosecutor Steve Michniak told Pittman, recalling that he had prosecuted Arrington for other crimes in the past.
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So what this story tells me is that Judge Pittman says "Rape is OK in Portage County. Rape all you want in Portage County. But remember to thank and apologize to the victim when you are done. That is all I ask of you. I don't care what you have done in the past, or how much of a risk to the community you pose, just apologize and it will be all good with the courts." This woman needs to get to steppin'. Stepping down from the bench that is!
Arrington "scored high on a risk assessment test"? I guess test scores are going up in Ravenna.