An Ohio man has admitted to raping and impregnating 14-year-old twins and their 12-year-old sister while he lived in their Youngstown home.
According to The Vindicator, Arnold Perry, 32, was sentenced to 27 years behind bars after agreeing to plead guilty to two counts of first-degree rape and one count of third-degree sexual battery. A family friend, Perry carried out the attacks between 2015 and 2016 while he stayed with the victims’ family as he didn’t have a place to live.
An indictment obtained by WKBN stated that Perry threatened the victims and sexually assaulted one of the girls when they were unaware of what was going on.
“I know now what I did was wrong,” Perry said before sentencing, according to the Associated Press.
“I wish I could take it back.”
Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer McLaughlin told a court how one of the teens impregnated by Perry had an abortion. However, McLaughlin said the other twin and younger sibling gave birth to their babies because they were too far along when their pregnancies were discovered, the paper reported.
“These girls will suffer the rest of their lives because of this,” the prosecutor said.
Alarmingly, McLaughlin said that Perry was convicted of similar crimes as a juvenile. However, defense attorney Mark Lavelle pushed for a 15- to 16-year sentence for Perry, arguing that his client suffered a brain injury as a child that has hindered him from having feelings about his actions.
The Associated Press also reported that the girls’ mother is raising the two babies without the help of Perry’s family.
“I don’t even have a job,” the victims’ mother said. “I raise these babies.”
Upon his release, Perry must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
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