April 18, 2014

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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.

  • Bonnie Pritchett Jones

    I know this boy and he isn’t smart enought to come up with addictions or compulsions….that was the work of his attorney and I know it was his job, but let’s not sugar coat this. 25 years will never be enough time for what he has done to that little girl. I just hope that little girl won’t have mental or physical damage as she ages! I hope everyone will pray for this family to heal and get through all this terrible ordeal!

  • Buffalo

    Honestly, why can’t the justice system give the death penalty for a crime like this? Robinette asked for help, but I don’t believe that there is a way to help predators like him unless they see that there is an extremely high price to pay for their actions – even that might not be a strong enough deterrent. The taxpayers now get to fund the care and incarceration of this less-than human being, when he really should pay the ultimate penalty for harming a child in the manner in which he did. Sometimes, it seems, there is no justice.

  • disgusted

    anybody who takes the innocence away from a child of any age 3,6,13,15 any age should be punished with as much time possible. im sure he will get what he deserves in prison along with all of the other people like him

  • Bonnie Pritchett Jones

    He was seen with a 15 year old and was told then not to be a statistic and knowing the whole time he was doing this to a 6 year old….he could of asked for help before he got caught…i am sorry but life with the possiblility of parole in 25 years does not cover for what he has done. I know we are suppose to turn the other cheek so to speak, but he should never see the outside world ever again or be allowed to talk to any female again!