WEST UNION, Ohio -- A Kentucky man will spend at least the next 15 years in prison for raping a child in Adams County, Ohio.
Patrick Smith, 24, of Falmouth, was indicted in January on two counts of gross sexual imposition and a count of rape with a specification.
He later plead guilty to the rape charge.
According to police, Smith assaulted the victim, who was less than 10 yeas old, between March 1 and March 19, 2009, at the victim's home on Central Avenue in Peebles, Ohio.
Following a review of Smith's pre-sentencing investigation on Wednesday, Adams County Court of Common Pleas Judge Brett Spencer sentenced Smith to 15 years-life in prison.
Smith was classified as a Tier III Sex Offender/Child Victim Offender which means if he is ever released, Smith will have to register as a sex offender every 90 days and will be subject to community notification requirements, for the rest of his life, officials said.
Cooperation between the office of Adams County Prosecutor, Adams County Detective Jim Heitkemper, Deputies Shawn Cooley and Mike Estep, Lt. Larry Heller and Brown County General Hospital helped the case come to a successful conclusion, said Aaron Haslam, Adams County prosecutor.
In an unrelated case, Haslam announced Spencer had also sentenced a Peebles man to one year in prison for permitting drug abuse.
James Arnett had pled guilty to the charge, a fifth-degree felony, and had undergone a pre-sentencing review before learning his fate.
According to police, Arnett was arrested Feb. 27 in Franklin Township, after police responded to a strong odor complaint at 32149 Ohio 41.
According to the complaint charge, Arnett knowingly permitted the illegal assembly of drugs at his residence.
Both men were housed in Adams County Jail prior to being transferred to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.
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