June 26, 2016

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Child rapist from Lodi writes family detailing crime

MEDINA — A Lodi man who wrote letters from jail to parents detailing his rape of their 6-year-old daughter will spend 25 years to life in prison.

John I. Robinette Jr., 21, of 594 Oakwood Drive, Apt. 3, was sentenced Thursday after pleading no contest in November to four counts of raping a child younger than age 10 and two counts of gross sexual imposition.

John Robinette

His attorney, Robert Campbell, said Robinette did not write the letters out of malice. Instead, he wrote them to try to explain how and why he abused the girl.

“He knows there’s something wrong with him to want to do this to someone so young,” Campbell said.

Campbell said Robinette called his desires “addictions” and “compulsions” and wants counseling to get past them.

During the sentencing, Robinette remained silent with his head bowed until Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler gave him a chance to speak.

“I’m very sorry for what I’ve done,” Robinette said, tearing up. “I ask for help, please.”

The rape charges were first-degree felonies punishable by a mandatory 15-year-to-life prison sentence, while the imposition charges were third-degree felonies with a maximum five-year sentence.

Kimbler ordered the rape sentences to be served concurrently, with maximum sentences for the imposition charges to run consecutively.

“Though the girl’s family will think it’s too little and your family surely feels it’s too much, I believe 25 years to life is an appropriate sentence,” Kimbler told Robinette.

Kimbler also labeled Robinette a Tier III sex offender, meaning he will have to register with local law enforcement every 90 days if he is released from prison.

Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi said Robinette was arrested Aug. 22 after the girl’s father alerted police that her grandfather had discovered Robinette in the act.

Police found that Robinette had been raping the girl for months, and Razavi said there were likely more instances of abuse than the six with which Robinette was charged.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.