Jury: Ex-Ohio deputy, baby sitter guilty of rape

MARION, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio sheriff’s deputy and correction officer has been convicted of raping a 5-year-old girl while he was baby-sitting.

State Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Thursday a Marion County jury found 28-year-old Randy N. Spencer guilty of four counts of rape. His office says Spencer raped the girl between June 2012 and April.

Defense attorney Rocky Ratliff says Spencer denies the charges. He says Spencer is disappointed with the jury’s decision and will appeal his conviction. He says prosecutors had no physical evidence against Spencer, whose girlfriend runs a baby-sitting business.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Spencer baby-sat the girl and other children when his girlfriend wasn’t available.

The Marion resident faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. He’s scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 27.

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