TROY - A Laura man accused of sex offenses against a child in the late 1990s was sentenced Wednesday in a Miami County court to 10 years in prison.
Judge Christopher Gee called the victim, who was five-years-old when the sexual abuse occurred, a “brave young woman (who) chose to hold her abuser to account.”
Gerald L. Rue Jr., 67, pleaded guilty to 10 gross sexual imposition charges in June in Common Pleas Court.
Rue was arrested by deputies in January on accusations he raped a person under the age of 10 between Sept. 1, 1998, and Aug. 31, 1999. The victim was known to Rue and reported the alleged offenses to sheriff detectives last year.
“I’m just deeply sorry to the victim,” Rue said before sentencing.
Janna Parker, assistant county prosecutor, said Rue’s comments in a presentencing report showed he failed to take full responsibility through statements attempting to minimize his actions. The now young woman “took away power ” from Rue by coming forward years later, Parker said. “It’s never too late for justice,” she said.
Gee read from the victim impact statement submitted by victim, who stated the day in court was long overdue and Rue had only himself to blame.
The judge said the 10-year sentence recommended by prosecutors and the defense “was a gift of which Mr. Rue is completely undeserving.” He said he followed the recommendation, though, because it came from two highly competent lawyers familiar with the intricacies of the case.
Rue was given credit for 201 days served in jail. He was classified a habitual sex offender under sex offender registration laws in effect at the time of the offenses. That designation would require him to register his address for 20 years with the sheriff’s office where he resides following prison release.
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