The 20-year-old Harrison Twp. man found guilty of the rape a 5-year-old boy in the bathroom of a church last April was sentenced today to 15 years to life in prison.
Blake A. Cole pleaded no contest last month to one count of rape in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court and was found guilty by Judge Michael Krumholtz, who called it "a very sad case."
Cole will be designated a Tier III sex offender requiring lifetime registration every 90 days and will face up to five years' post-release control. Cole also could have faced a fine of up to $20,000, restitution and court costs. "I'd like to say I'm sorry," Cole said when sentenced.
Court records indicate an off-duty sheriff's sergeant, working as a security guard, went into the bathroom of the church on Siebenthaler Avenue when the boy's mother called for him. That's when the sergeant observed Cole, and the boy told his mother a man had done inappropriate things to him.
Court documents also show Cole's mother said he has a low IQ and a syndrome that results in deteriorating eyesight and the inability to understand or comprehend things.