WARREN -- A 72-year-old Girard man known to friends as "Grandpa Bill" has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition.
William McCullough of Jones Court, Girard, entered the pleas Wednesday in the courtroom of Judge W. Wyatt McKay, who ordered McCullough taken to the Lorain Correctional Institution as soon as possible.
McCullough declined to comment.
Atty. Thomas Wrenn, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor, said that in exchange for McCullough's guilty plea he agreed to dismiss five other counts of gross sexual imposition.
Capt. Frank Bigowsky of the Girard Police Department said the charges stem from McCullough's alleged sexual involvement at his home with four girls ranging in age from 7 to 13.
Bigowsky said McCullough, who lived alone, befriended families in Youngstown and Girard, and the families would drop off their children at McCullough's, and they would stay overnight.
The sexual activity went on from November 2000 until his arrest two months ago, the captain said.