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Court: Court of Common Pleas, Muskingum County, Ohio
Plaintiff's Attorney: Muskingum county Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Defendant's Attorney: Harry Reihart
Description: Zanesville, Ohio criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with two counts of rape and one count of attempted rate.
Michael Gillard, age 32, of Coolville, Ohio was charged with raping a 14-year-old girl. He also attempted to force her to perform sex acts.
DNA evidence found on the victim that tied Defendant to sexual activity with her.
The victim and Defendant both testified.
2006 Ohio Revised Code - 2907.04. Unlawful sexual conduct with minor.
§ 2907.04. Unlawful sexual conduct with minor.
(A) No person who is eighteen years of age or older shall engage in sexual conduct with another, who is not the spouse of the offender, when the offender knows the other person is thirteen years of age or older but less than sixteen years of age, or the offender is reckless in that regard.
(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in divisions (B)(2), (3), and (4) of this section, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor is a felony of the fourth degree.
(2) Except as otherwise provided in division (B)(4) of this section, if the offender is less than four years older than the other person, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
(3) Except as otherwise provided in division (B)(4) of this section, if the offender is ten or more years older than the other person, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor is a felony of the third degree.
(4) If the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a violation of section 2907.02, 2907.03, or 2907.04 of the Revised Code or a violation of former section 2907.12 of the Revised Code, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor is a felony of the second degree.
Outcome: Defendant was found guilty.