Child molester faces 24 years in jail

A Goshen Township man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to molesting four children and an adult faces up to 24 years in prison when sentenced Jan. 9.

A rape charge that could have added up to 10 years to a prison sentence was dropped in exchange for the plea by Amiel Collins, 42, a prosecutor said.

The deal spared the children from having to testify, said Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Jason Nagle.

The prosecutor said the families of the victims approved of the plea deal.

Also dropped were two charges of unlawful sexual contact with a minor and two charges of soliciting.

Judge Robert Ringland of Common Pleas Court found Collins guilty Tuesday of two charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and one count each of soliciting sex, sexual imposition, sexual battery, illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented materials and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

The crimes included photographing a teenager in the nude, showing pornographic magazines to another child and performing a sex act on a man who was unconscious or asleep after drinking alcohol, the prosecutor told the judge.

Goshen police said Collins, who had been staying at the Lakeshore Estates mobile home park on Ohio 28, victimized numerous boys and at least one girl there.

Collins was arrested Sept. 12, the day after a resident of Lakeshore Estates sought a court order to keep him away from her teenage son. After 12 children testified before a grand jury, Collins was indicted Sept. 19.

Published in: on December 5, 2007 at 7:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

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