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Rapist to be re-sentenced

Jessica Cuffman • Nov 28, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Police arrested David Deeb, 23, in May 2011, after discovering he raped the girl, whom he met in an online gaming community.

Deeb, of Crestline, arranged in-person meetings with the girl, and the two met in Perkins Township and engaged in sexual conduct. Police learned of the relationship when they responded to a fight between the girl and her mother.

An Erie County grand jury indicted Deeb on five counts rape and five counts importuning.

In July 2012 he struck a plea deal with prosecutors, agreeing to plead guilty to one count of rape and two counts of importuning, which landed him a 10-year prison sentence.

An Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals opinion handed down this past week sent the case back to Erie County Common Pleas Judge Roger Binette.

The judge had sentenced Deeb to six years in prison for rape, two years for the first importuning charge and another two years for the second importuning charge, to be served consecutively for a sentence of 10 years.

Because of a technicality — Deeb had agreed to the sentence, but not explicitly each of the terms to be stacked on top of each other — Binette will be required to go back on the record in the case and state exactly why Deeb should serve the 10 years total, according to court documents.

Deeb’s attorneys had also cited five other reasons the sentence should be overturned, but the appeals court found those arguments invalid.

No matter the outcome of his sentence, Deeb will be required to register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life once he’s released from prison.

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