WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Niles man prosecutors called a “serial child molester and pedophile” was sentenced to 48 years in prison.
Michael Peach appeared in a Trumbull County courtroom on Thursday for his sentencing after being convicted of 18 charges, including gross sexual imposition, kidnapping, and felonious assault.
Trumbull County Judge Ronald Rice had some harsh words for Peach, calling him a “monster.”
“You are a textbook pedophile, predator, in every way,” he said.
Prosecutors asked for a lengthy sentence because Peach has been convicted twice of sex crimes — in 1996 and 1997. In both cases, Peach molested a male victim who was less than 13 years old, according to court documents.
In the latest crimes, Peach was accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old boy and then “terrorizing” the victim’s family to cover it up.Listen: Victims make statements before sentencing of Michael Peach
The victim’s mother spoke through tears in court about the man that she once trusted.
“It just broke my hurt to learn that my son had been holding onto this secret and was too scared to say anything to me,” she said, through tears. “I then promised my son that I would never let Michael hurt him again, but on that Monday morning, my promise was broken. I can’t imagine how scared my son was, hiding and listening to his mom and baby brother screaming as we were being attacked and screaming for our lives.”
Prosecutors said Peach was a supervisor at a medical billing company where the victim’s mother also worked. Investigators said he used his position to become friendly with the victim, and the boy’s mother was unaware that Peach was a sex offender.
Peach then sexually assaulted the boy and recorded the acts, prosecutors said.
After the boy’s mother reported the incident to police, Peach broke into the home with a gun, according to court records. He used a stun gun on the boy’s mother repeatedly but ran after being confronted by the boy’s father, who was called by the woman.
Before he left, Peach tried to stab the man, according to the court documents.
According to the prosecutor’s motion for consecutive sentences, the boy’s father described the way Peach was moving through the house like “a scene from a horror movie, stating that the defendant was not rushed or frantic, but rather, moved throughout the house like Michael Myers from the Halloween horror movie series.”
Officers tried to pull Peach’s car over but said Peach led them on a chase before crashing into a wooded area. He then used a large hunting knife to cut his throat and plunged it into his chest.
Peach was rushed to the hospital, where he remained in surgery for several days, guarded by an armed officer. He was then taken to the jail.
“You knew you were caught being a sexual predator for the third time, so you premeditated a diabolical attack on a young mother and her children in order to cover up your heinous, awful misdeeds,” Judge Rice said. “You gathered up rope, duct tape, a knife, a stun gun, a ski mask and put together your own special murder backpack. You then slithered over during the early morning hours to the victim’s home to carry out your evil plans.”Watch: Michael Peach’s statement to the court
Before he was taken to jail, Peach made a statement to the court.
“There’s not much I can say, you know, that’ll take back what I’ve done,” he said.
With disgust, Judge Rice told him to get out of his courtroom.
“Mr. Peach, you made a statement to police that you were a monster,” he said. “This court wholly agrees with you that you are a monster.”