Trotwood man sentenced to three decades in prison in Miami Twp. rape case



A Trotwood man will spend at least 30 years in prison after he was convicted last month of breaking into a woman’s apartment in Miami Twp. in September 2022 and raping her at gunpoint.

Ronald Terrance Spells, 56, was sentenced Friday by Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge E. Gerald Parker Jr. to 16½ years each for rape and attempted rape plus eight to 12 years for aggravated burglary, to be served consecutively for a total of 30 to 35½ years in prison, according to sentencing documents filed Tuesday. A jury on Jan. 31 returned guilty verdicts following a three-day trial.

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Miami Twp. police were called around 7:20 a.m. Sept. 16, 2022, to a report of a forcible rape at the Miamisburg by the Mall apartments off Lyons Road.

A woman told officers she was asleep in an upstairs bedroom “when she was awoken (sic) to a man pulling down her pants. The man was standing next to the bed wearing a mask and brandishing a handgun,” an affidavit filed in Miamisburg Municipal Court stated.

The man threatened to kill the woman before sexually assaulting her, according to the document.

The man left and entered the apartment using a rear sliding glass door. It was not clear whether the door was locked, but there was no sign of forced entry, the affidavit stated.

The woman was taken to a local hospital for a sexual assault examination, which collected genetic material from her assailant.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation determined that DNA from the woman’s exam matched Spells, according to the affidavit.

During his sentencing, Spells also was designated a Tier III sexual offender, which will require him to register his address every 90 days for life.

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