Convicted child sex offender commits suicide

Convicted child sex offender commits suicide

News Center 7 has learned that William Rose, convicted of sex crimes involving children, committed suicide early Tuesday while at the Orient Center near Columbus.

There were no details immediately available about how the death occurred, authorities said.

Rose was at the correctional reception center, a part of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, before being transferred to the prison where he had been assigned to serve his sentence.

Inmates are processed through one of three reception centers, based on their gender and county of commitment, according to the ODRC. Male inmates from 63 counties across southern Ohio are processed through the center at Orient.

The 44-year-old convicted of raping three children was sentenced Sept. 28 in Shelby County Municipal Court to 27 years in prison. He was ordered to serve three, nine-year sentences consecutively — one for each of his victims.

Judge James Stevenson also fined Rose and classified him a Tier 3 sexual offender.

Rose, arrested May 29 for videotaping his sexual encounter with a 12-year-old girl, was released that same day, then arrested nine days later on charges accusing him of committing child sex crimes.

He had been indicted on four counts of rape, two counts of pandering obscenity and two counts illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. He admitted to three counts of rape.

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