By Ed Runyan
Cody A. Beemer, who raped his infant daughter during a visit at the Trumbull County Children Services offices last year, pleaded guilty Tuesday to 10 charges and has been sentenced to life in prison.
Beemer, 23, of Austin Avenue Southwest, whose crimes touched off criminal and administrative investigations into Children Services’ practices, will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years.
Beemer pleaded guilty to multiple counts of rape, gross sexual imposition and pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.
The pandering charges say Beemer possessed 532 obscene photographs or depictions involving a minor between April and September 2011.
Beemer entered the plea during a pretrial hearing in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court before Judge Andrew Logan.
Atty. David Rouzzo, with the Ohio Public Defender’s Office, said Beemer didn’t have much choice but to accept the state’s offer because two evaluations determined that Beemer was sane, and the crimes were recorded on a cellphone.
“If we took it to trial, he risked life in prison without parole,” Rouzzo said. “Our thought was that he would at least have the chance of parole.”
Beemer and his wife, Felicia Banks Beemer, 21, were both charged after police secured cellphone videos showing the sex crimes being committed against the child in April 2011 when she was 9 months old.
Children Services has had custody of the girl since just after she was born.
The videos also showed Beemer committing sex crimes against an 18-month-old boy in July 2011, police said.
Neither Cody Beemer nor anyone else connected with the case spoke at the sentencing other than Diane Barber, assistant county prosecutor, who listed the offenses before sentencing.
Felicia Banks Beemer remains in the county jail and awaits a pretrial hearing of her own today before Judge W. Wyatt McKay.
She is charged with nearly the same crimes as Cody Beemer.