An 18-year-old Springfield man who sexually assaulted three girls younger than the age of 12 will spend the next 9 years in prison.
Charles Mowery, 18, only said “that I’m sorry” before he was sentenced by Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard O’Neill Monday. He face a maximum of 15 years in prison.
Mowery had just turned 18 and was recently released from the Clark County Jail when he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl in August of 2012. After that case was reported and Mowery was arrested on a rape charge, two more victims, ages 7 and 9, came forward. A grand jury indicted Mowery on a count of rape, two counts of gross sexual imposition and a count of importuning, according to court records.
As part of a plea agreement, Mowery pleaded guilty to three counts of gross sexual imposition. Prior to sentencing, his attorney, Stephen Collins, said his client had been involved in sexual behavior as a juvenile, and while his behavior with the girls was “beyond inappropriate,” it related back to the cycle of abuse he was stuck in.
“It’s deviant and it’s abnormal. Unfortunately, this behavior in this defendant’s family is not unusual,” Mowery said.
Each of the victims knew Mowery as a family friend. The 11-year-old girl has been the victim of sexual assault before, and another man is currently serving a prison term for that act. No matter the circumstances, Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Driscoll said there was no excuse for Mowery’s actions.
“Obviously, this is an individual who had an opportunity to stop the cycle and choose not to do that,” he said.
A woman in the back of the courtroom who identified herself as Mowery’s mother cried as her son was led away in handcuffs. She declined to comment about the case.
Mowery will also have to register as a Tier II sex offender upon his release.