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Man Receives Life Sentence for Rape of 9-year-old Girl
February 16, 2011

(HAMILTON, OH) Defendant James Woodward received a life sentence today for the rape of a nine year old Hamilton girl.

Woodward, a 61-year old Bethel man, was found guilty of Rape and Gross Sexual Imposition by a Butler County jury last month.

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Craig Hedric imposed a life sentence for the rape and an additional four years on the gross sexual imposition charge. Woodward will serve nineteen years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole.

Woodward was also classified as a Tier III offender, which will require him to register every ninety days for the rest of his life if he is ever released from prison.

Prosecutor Gmoser stated, “Today’s life sentence insures that Woodward will never again hurt this victim or any other child. The pain and suffering Woodward inflicted upon this young girl will be with her for the rest of her life - it is only fair that Woodward serve the same sentence.”

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