Fairborn man convicted in child rape trial, faces life sentence

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Fairborn man convicted in child rape trial, faces life sentence

A 24-year-old Fairborn man is facing a mandatory life sentence after being found guilty of raping a child younger than age of 13.

Judge Stephen Wolaver presided over the trial of Dakota Lacey, which lasted two days before the jury went into deliberations early Tuesday evening and again this morning.

The jury found Lacey guilty on three counts: Rape of a child younger than 13, gross sexual imposition and importuning.

Lacey was arrested in February after the victim, who was 12 years old at the time and is known to the defendant, went to Fairborn police and filed a report.

Prosecutors presented evidence that the victim was staying at Lacey's home on Redbank Drive for about a week in December and, at the end of that week, the defendant made her smoke marijuana and engage in sexual conduct with him. 

According to the statement of facts on file with the court, investigators monitored a "control call" in which the victim told Lacey that she was thinking of telling her school counselor what happened. The defendant told her in the phone call not to talk about it, and that he "was high" and didn't mean for it to happen, according to the statement of facts. 

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Lacey faces a mandatory life sentence. He remains an inmate in the Greene County Jail awaiting the sentencing hearing.

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