Tuesday, December 12, 2017
A Youngstown man pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery as he was set to stand trial for the rape of two young girls.
Lynn Perry, 63, of East Wood Street faced two counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition related to the alleged rapes of two girls who were 6 and 7 years old at the time.
Perry entered an Alford plea, which means he did not admit guilt and asserted his innocence. He accepted a plea agreement because of the potential sentence he could face at trial.
If convicted of either rape charge, Judge John M. Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court would have been required to sentence Perry to life in prison.
Prosecutors reduced the rape charges to sexual battery and dismissed the gross sexual imposition charges in exchange for Perry’s plea.
He could serve up to eight years in prison and pay $15,000 in fines on each sexual-battery count.
Prosecutors will recommend 10 years in prison at sentencing, which is scheduled for Feb. 7.
Perry has already served 21/2 years in the county jail since his 2015 indictment awaiting disposition of his case.