Dew sentenced to 43-year term
By Peter H. Milliken
Multiple crimes deserve multiple sentences, the judge said.
YOUNGSTOWN — Saying he doesn’t give “sentencing discounts” for multiple crimes, Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court imposed a 43-year prison term on Dr. Gregory S. Dew, the former Boardman chiropractor who was convicted last week of multiple sex crimes.
“Concurrent sentences don’t address each and every one of these wrongs, and each and every one of these wrongs has to be addressed,” the judge told Dr. Dew before sentencing him Monday.
The judge imposed maximum consecutive prison terms of 10 years each on four rape counts, plus consecutive 18-month prison terms on each of two gross sexual imposition counts. A jury convicted Dr. Dew, 46, of Kelly Park Road, Columbiana, of the charges Friday.
Dr. Dew received the lengthy prison term after he rejected an offer the prosecutor’s office made before the trial to recommend an eight-year prison term in exchange for his guilty plea.
Dr. Dew was convicted of sex crimes committed between 1990 and 1992 against two of his female gymnastics students, who were then between ages 15 and 17, before he became a chiropractor.
He also was convicted of sex crimes against two adult female patients in his chiropractic practice between 2005 and 2007.
Calling him a sexual predator, one of his former gymnastics students urged the judge to deny him access to any more victims. She said she has tried to recover from the abuse she received from Dr. Dew but has had a difficult time trusting men. “His sons will be better off without him as a prominent male in their life,” she added.
One of his former chiropractic patients said she trusted him to treat her back problems, but became “physically sick and emotionally distraught’’ after he abused her. Her ailments included anxiety, sleep disruption and ulcers, she said.
“Not only was this a crime against me, but also my family,” she said, adding that her children were awakened on several nights by her screams from her nightmares after she was abused.
Dr. Dew’s lawyer, Elizabeth Kelley, delivered to the judge an inch-thick stack of letters from her client’s family and friends asking for mercy. As Dr. Dew’s family and friends filled all but one courtroom spectator bench, Judge Krichbaum remarked that he didn’t recall ever before seeing so much support for a defendant in his courtroom.
Even the bishop of Dr. Dew’s church made a plea on his behalf, saying Dr. Dew’s four sons are at ages when they need their father the most.
“Dr. Dew has shown many his talents and his loving care,” said Bishop Steve Wright of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lisbon. He told of Dr. Dew’s leaping over a fence to administer lifesaving CPR to a 5-year-old boy whose mother had plucked him from the bottom of a swimming pool, where the boy nearly drowned at a church picnic last summer.
“It has never been my intention to hurt anybody,” Dr. Dew said, pleading for mercy. “I’ve done more good in my life than I’ve ever done bad.”
“I certainly do believe that you have touched many, many lives very positively, but you’ve also done some God-awful things,” the judge said, adding that Dr. Dew abused his position of trust and showed no remorse.
The doctor’s supporters said they will launch a Web site by the end of the week with updates on the appeal that will be filed on his behalf. The site will be freedrdew.com.