Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that a former police chief was sentenced today to life with parole possibility after 25 years for the rape of a child, in addition to several other charges. Larry Casey is also required to register for the rest of his life as a sex offender.

A Clinton County jury on Jan. 8, 2016, found Casey, 48, guilty of one count of rape of a child under 13, two counts of sexual battery, one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, and one count of failing to register as a sex offender. The sentences for the charges in addition to rape will run concurrently.

The sexual abuse in this case happened in part during the time he was police chief of Newtonsville in 2009, but did not come to light until recently.

“These are unspeakable crimes,” said Attorney General DeWine. “With the assistance of local law enforcement, we will continue to pursue predators who abuse children.”

Casey was also convicted on Nov. 29, 2010, of the sexual abuse of a different child. He was given probation in that case but required to register as a sex offender and was decertified as a police officer in the State of Ohio as a result of that conviction. The Attorney General’s Office was not involved in that prosecution. Casey was in a position of trust to both children, but Casey did not meet them as a direct result of his police work.

The Attorney General’s Office Special Prosecutions Section prosecuted this case at the request of the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office. The case was investigated by the Wilmington Police Department, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, the Clinton County Department of Jobs and Family Services, and the Blanchester Police Department.

“We appreciate the hard work the Attorney General’s Office did in prosecuting this case,” said Wilmington Police Chief Duane Weyand. “I’d also like to highlight the effort of Detective Robert Wilson of our department in this investigation.”

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