MIAMI COUNTY — Noting the heightened limitations of a victim and witnesses with developmental disabilities, Miami County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee sentenced Harry S. Reedy, 59, of Piqua to serve eight years in prison for first degree rape of a Tipp City woman with Down syndrome on Wednesday.
Reedy also was sentenced to serve 18 months to run concurrent for an amended charge of fourth-degree felony gross sexual imposition in the case. Reedy pleaded guilty to the charges as part of a joint plea agreement with the state. The plea agreement includes the dismissal of a first-degree felony kidnapping charge.
Prior to sentencing, Judge Gee noted the serious harm done to the victim in relation to her mental age, Reedy’s prior prison record as well as the need for compromise in this particular case.
Reedy received 196 days jail credit, will serve five years of mandatory post-release control and will register as a Tier III sex offender for the rest of his life.
Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell said the joint agreement was agreed upon after many lengthy discussions with the victim’s parents.
The victim, now 32, her parents and other supporters spoke on her behalf at the sentencing. The victim’s father asked for justice and her mother said her daughter has been psychologically scarred and unable to sleep at night since the incident occurred in June 2014.
According to reports, the female victim, now 32, of Tipp City, has Down syndrome and was found by the court to be mentally incompetent. On June 27, 2014, the victim was picked up at her Tipp City home by friends and returned home the following morning, which was unusual, according to the victim’s mother.
The following day, the victim’s mother answered the victim’s phone and Reedy identified himself and informed her that the victim had been with him overnight and that they had had sex. The victim then told her mother that Reedy raped her after her friends dropped her off at Reedy’s house. The victim also stated two men, including Reedy, had raped her while two others, Trishica Leighly, 37, and Patrick Anthony, 57, of Piqua, had held her down while handcuffed to a bed.
Anthony will be sentenced on Dec. 7. On Tuesday, Anthony plead guilty to one count of first-degree felony complicity rape, one count of first-degree felony kidnapping and two counts of third-degree felony complicity to intimate witnesses charges. Leighly entered a plea of no contest to four counts of third-degree felony intimidation of witnesses on Oct. 22. Leighly’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 2.
In other court news:
Judge denies Smith’s request for OR bond
Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee denied Allen M. Smith’s motion to be released on his own recognizance on Oct. 27.
Smith’s final pretrial conference is set for Nov. 30. Smith is charged with two counts of second and fifth degree felony illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material and five counts of fourth degree felony pandering sexually oriented material.
According to the motion, Smith’s potential prison sentence on all counts is 16 1/2 years. Smith’s bond on all counts is $250,000 cash bond. Of that bond, Smith would be required to deposit $25,000 with the clerk of courts and he would receive all monies back except $2,500 upon his final appearance in court.
According to the motion, the defendant did not raise any additional factors to be considered for an own recognizance bond and was denied. Smith is a former educator, most recently as a curriculum supervisor with the Miami County Education Service Center where he worked with county administrators, and serving as principal of Milton-Union High School from 1992-2001. He also was employed by the Covington Exempted Village District in the 1980s.
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