Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
By Shelley Grieshop
Man enters guilty plea to child rape charges
More charges pending in Mercer County
  WAPAKONETA - A Camden man pleaded guilty this week to rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition of a child during a hearing in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court.
Gregory L. Deaton Jr., 26, was indicted by an Auglaize County grand jury last fall for raping and sexually molesting a 13-year-old girl on Oct. 4 at a location in the St. Marys area.
He faces a maximum 13 years in prison and a $30,000 fine at sentencing. A sentence hearing has not yet been set.
Deaton also faces a sexual offender classification that could mandate he register his address with the local sheriff's office for the rest of his life.
Another indictment charge of rape and two other counts of gross sexual imposition were dismissed by prosecutors in a plea agreement.
Deaton also is accused of similar charges in a case pending in Mercer County. Authorities have said the same victim was under the age of 13 when Deaton first had sexual relations with her in the fall of 2003 in Mercer County and reportedly continued until 2005. He then moved to Auglaize County.
A Mercer County grand jury indicted Deaton - a former Montezuma resident - on five counts of rape and five counts of gross sexual imposition. On Nov. 8, he pleaded not guilty to those charges. A pretrial hearing in that case is set for March 16.
Deaton faces 57 ½ years in prison for the charges in Mercer County. Because the charges accuse him of raping a child under the age of 13, an additional 1-10 years in prison could be added to each of those charges at sentencing, according to the Ohio Revised Code.
Auglaize County Common Pleas Judge Frederick Pepple terminated Deaton's $250,000 bond. Deaton has been incarcerated in the Mercer County Jail since his arrest in early November.
Additional online stories for this date
Print edition only stories for this date
• Measuring spoon is the magic wand
• Elections board getting ready for May primary
• Council pushes for decision on proposed streetscape
• Mendon zoning inspector no longer has time for job
• Bulldogs nearly pull upset over Bobcats
• Rangers roll, Flyers down Cardinals
• Elida gets revenge with tourney win over Roughriders
a_d
Labor Day
83°
Thunderstorms
43%
Monday Night
69°
Rain Showers
90%
Tuesday
81°
Rain Showers
87%
Tuesday Night
60°
Mostly Clear
14%
Wednesday
82°
Partly Sunny
9%
Wednesday Night
65°
Partly Cloudy
11%
Thursday
86°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
25%
Thursday Night
69°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
28%
Friday
86°
Chance Thunderstorms
39%
Friday Night
66°
Chance Thunderstorms
43%
Saturday
80°
Chance Thunderstorms
42%
Saturday Night
58°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
17%
3 Day
Extended
a_da_d
video_logoOnline Video
Wednesday, August 27
index pict
Marion Local prepares for football season
Tuesday, August 26
index pict
St. Marys' Schmitmeyer golfs for guys team
camera_logo Photo Albums
Friday, August 29
index pict
Friday, August 29
index pict