Written By: Ishton W. Morton – March 31st, 2019
On Monday, March 25th, 2019 after a week-long jury trial before Hamilton County Judge Patrick Dinkelacker, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters in his commentary on the sentencing of convicted rapists Herman See and Angela Stites; Deters said, See and Stites were convicted for raping their 3 minor female children.
He continued to say; See was convicted of 22 counts of Rape, 5 counts of Sexual Battery and 2 counts of Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor and one count of Gross Sexual Imposition. Stites was convicted of 4 counts of Rape, 4 counts of Complicity to Rape, 1 count of Gross Sexual Imposition and 2 counts of Child Endangering.
In Ohio the crime of Gross Sexual Imposition involves “sexual contact,” meaning the touching of another person’s erogenous area (thigh, genitals, buttock, public region, or female breast), for the purpose of sexual gratification, when any of the following apply: (1) the offender uses force or threat of force; (2) the offender uses drugs or alcohol to substantially impair the other’s judgment or control and this is done secretly, by force, threat of force, deception, or in connection with a medical procedure; or (3) the other person is less than 13 years old.
However, if an alleged victim is under the age of 12, there is an alternate method of committing the offense that does not require the touching to be for the purpose of sexual gratification. See Revised Code Section 2907.05(B).
Accordingly, Judge Dinkelacker sentenced See to 221 years in prison and four life sentences. Stites was sentenced to 86 years in prison. They are both required to register as Tier III (the highest level) sex offenders.
Subsequently, Assistant Prosecutors Christina Dattilo and Mike Peck, who tried the case, in their explanation had this to say, “Like any child, these three women were entitled to a safe and nurturing upbringing. Instead they were raised in a persistent environment of sexual abuse. Unfortunately, they will live with that for the rest of their lives. We hope that it will provide some comfort that See and Stites will spend the rest of their lives in prison. These women were victims for their entire childhoods, but today they are strong women and survivors.”
Additionally, Prosecutor Deters continued to say; “I want to thank my assistants who tried this case, Christina Dattilo and Mike Peck. They worked incredibly hard to convict See and Stites and make sure that these sexual predators never see the light of day.
In legal term(s) rape is defined as a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without that person’s consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority, or against a person who is incapable of giving valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, has an intellectual disability or is below the legal age of consent.
However, under any of these circumstances, Ohio’s Gross Sexual Imposition statute (Revised Code Section 2907.05) prohibits the touching of another person’s erogenous zone, causing another person to touch the offender’s erogenous zone, or causing two or more other persons to touch one of the other’s erogenous zone.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters concluded by saying; “Our hope is that this sentencing will provide the victims of this horrific abuse with some comfort and strength to move forward with their recovery.”