Man sentenced to 15 years for rape of young female relative

David Griffin pleads guilty to raping young female relative

WARREN (WKBN) – As David Griffin was escorted out of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court and back to the county jail on Monday, he muttered four words, “I’m sorry. Thank you.”

Griffin, 48, took a plea deal and will serve a 15-year sentence after pleading guilty to multiple felony sex offenses, including gross sexual imposition, rape, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and sexual battery. In court, his attorney, Timothy Kucharski, addressed Judge Andrew Logan on Griffin’s behalf.

“He understands that he’s responsible for it and that’s why he’s entering the plea,” Kucharski said.  “There’s some instances that happened in the past that, unfortunately, Dave wasn’t able to say no to, and Dave should have stopped, and he shouldn’t have started doing the things he started.”

Prosecutors said the acts started when a female relative was as young as 11 years old and lasted for several years, into her adulthood.

“There’s sort of a strange dynamic as far as how he still views the victim,” Assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Gabe Wildman said. “Obviously she’s not interested in his apology, I’m not interested in his apology either. He did what he did and there has to be a price to pay.”

Wildman said the victim approved of the deal and sentence.

“I think when you are dealing with child sex abuse, it is never enough time. The plea agreement and the sentence in this case was approved by the victim and that is the most important person that can approve a plea deal,” Wildman said.

When he is released, Griffin will be labeled as a Tier III sex offender, meaning he will have to register his address with the proper authorities for life.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s