An Ohio man who raped three young girls and gave them sexually transmitted diseases has been sentenced to life in prison.
A jury found Delacey Walters, 27, guilty of nine counts of rape of a child under 10 years old and five counts of gross sexual imposition on Jan. 31, Cleveland.com reports. Authorities said Walters sexually abused his victims -- a 2 year old and two 8 year olds -- from Oct. 8, 2015 to Dec. 25, 2015 while their mother was at work, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
On Feb. 16, Summit County Judge Tammy O’Brien sentenced Walters to life in prison, and he will not be eligible for parole until he has served 45 years, according to the prosecutor's office, Cleveland.com reports.
The young girls reported the abuse to their father, who then told the police. Doctors later discovered that Walters gave all three victims sexually transmitted diseases, according to prosecutors.
Walters initially lied to investigators and tried to conceal the results of his medical tests from the authorities, according to a news release by the prosecutor's office.
During sentencing, Assistant Prosecutor Jaime Syx described Walters’ actions as “terrible.”
“Those girls had to come in here and testify and relive all of that again,” Syx said, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. “He made them come in here and testify in front of a jury.”
Walters' attorney, Eddie Sipplen, asked O’Brien to sentence his client based on the law, and to not consider Syx's "appeal to emotion."
Sipplen also advised Walters not to make a comment at the sentencing, as he plans to appeal his conviction. Walters remained expressionless throughout most of the court proceedings. He shook his head a few times while the judge deemed him a Tier III sex offender.
If Walters is ever released from prison, then he must register as a sex offender with his local sheriff's office every three months for the rest of his life.
The victims' father was in court at the time of sentencing and was going to make a statement, but decided shortly before the sentencing to remain silent.
“This is a case where three little girls who were entrusted to your care were violated in the most horrific of ways,” O’Brien said to Walters.
Walters has two previous felony convictions, one came in 2012 after he hit an Akron police cruiser during a chase and another came in 2007 for aggravated assault.