Salem rapist sentenced

A Salem man convicted of raping a 15-year-old babysitter was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison.

Anthony Mehno, 27, of E. Fourth Street, was convicted last month of rape, sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Mehno was convicted May 14 by a jury in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Mehno was also classified as a Tier III sex offender, meaning he has to register his address with the county sheriff’s office every 90 days for the rest of his life.

Salem police said Mehno climbed into bed with the girl and began having sex with her while she was still sleeping.

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