James Allen Rapier
Photo: SHELBY COUNTY JAIL
Photo: SHELBY COUNTY JAIL

Convicted sex offender pleads guilty to child porn charges

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James Rapier, 41, of Rossburg, pleaded guilty to two counts of producing child pornography and one count of committing a felony involving a minor while registered as a sex offender, according to the Department of Justice Southern District of Ohio.

In 2000, Rapier was convicted of gross sexual imposition and corruption of a minor in Darke County.

He also was convicted of pandering obscenity involving a minor in 2005 in Darke County. Rapier was classified as a habitual sex offender in 2005, according to the DOJ.

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In February, Rapier coerced a 13-year-old girl to send him sexually explicit photos, according to a statement of facts.

He also reportedly coerced a 15-year-old girl to do the same thing in December 2017.

A sentence of 35 years has been agreed upon by the parties involved in the case, according to the DOJ.

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A judge will consider the recommendation at Rapier’s sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

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