AKRON, Ohio - An Akron man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted of raping a teen girl.
In July of last year, James Winchester, 26, and another man offered a teen a ride while she was walking to her grandmother’s house. When the girl refused to get into the SUV, Winchester got out and forced the teen into the car, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said.
Winchester dropped off his friend then took the victim to an abandoned house, where he raped her, prosecutors said. He later pushed her out of the SUV on Copley Road.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation used DNA from the rape kit to identify Winchester as the girl’s attacker.
On July 2, a Summit County jury found Winchester guilty of rape and kidnapping. Judge Tom Teodosio determined that Winchester must register as a tier III sex offender.
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