“Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year she lived in shame and in a prison of fear” Erie CountyCommon Pleas Court Judge Roger Binette told Raymond Smith moments before handing Smith a prison sentence of his own. “She didn’t do anything wrong; you did” Smith, 38, will also have to register with the state as a Tier 3 child sex offender for the rest of his life after he serves out his sentence.
Smith started sexually abusing the child before she was a teenager, and the abuse continued for five years.
Before sentencing, public defender Jeff Whitacre asked Binette to consider community control, a lenient sentence or possibly judicial release sometime in the future, saying Smith had “taken ownership” for his mistakes and was actively involved in a treatment program for sex offenders.
“The defendant can certainly continue his treatment in prison,” Binette responded.
Smith was originally charged with six counts of rape and six counts of sexual battery. He agreed to plead guilty to four counts of sexual battery with the other charges being dropped. Binette sentenced him to 54 months on each count to be served consecutively.
An adult learned Smith was raping the child and immediately contacted the police. But even after an investigation was begun, Smith texted the girl asking her to meet him for sex once more “for old time’s sake”
He also sent the child a text that stated, “It’s not like I forced you,” according to court documents.
The person who reported the abuse was a hero, Binette said, and he told Smith the seriousness of his crimes demanded a long sentence “to punish you for your behavior and to protect the public from you”