WOOSTER — An Orrville man on Wednesday was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after being convicted earlier this month of sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl in 2017.
Bryan Peck, 29, also must register as a Tier III sex offender, meaning he has to register every 90 days for the rest of his life if and when he is released from prison. Judge Corey E. Spitler, who presided over Peck’s bench trial late last month, granted him credit for 359 days served in jail.
On April 2, Spitler found Peck guilty of one count each of rape, a first-degree felony; sexual battery, a second-degree felony; and gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony. Those charges stemmed from a Dec. 9, 2017, incident when the girl’s mother walked into the girl’s bedroom to find Peck abusing her.
Spitler also acquitted Peck on six additional charges, two counts each of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. Those charges alleged Peck abused the girl twice more between August and December 2017, according to the indictment in the case.
Before Spitler delivered his sentence, first assistant prosecuting attorney Angela Poth-Wypasek spoke on behalf of the girl and her family, and said Peck’s abuse has greatly harmed the girl.
“She is going to start trauma counseling in May for this," she said. "The entire family has been devastated.”
The girl’s grandmother wrote a letter to the court, saying Peck’s abuse constituted a life sentence for the girl.
“Because of what he did to her, in his sexual abuse of her, she, then, has this life sentence that she has to deal with, she has to serve, she has to try to best work out in her life, through her childhood and adulthood,” Wypasek said.
Peck, during his trial, testified in his own defense and denied all of the charges against him. His attorney, John Johnson Jr., on Wednesday said Peck still maintains his innocence.
“I just want you to be aware that he has maintained his innocence from the beginning, cooperated with law enforcement all through the proceedings, and we would ask the court to just acknowledge that he did provide the DNA as requested, he did meet with police as requested,” Johnson said.
Peck declined to make a statement in court Wednesday. Johnson said Peck intends to appeal his convictions.
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