|Pratt faces life imprisonment|
|Written by Editor|
|Thursday, 19 April 2012 18:44|
By WILL E. SANDERS
One day removed from his arraignment on a superceding indictment, Joel W. Pratt, 35, entered the no contest pleas to 20 counts of rape, three felony counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and two felony counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor.
Pratt committed the sexual offenses of rape at his Tipp City home between Sept. 14, 2010, through Sept. 4, 2011. The remaining five felonies transpired last year between October and December.
For each rape charge, Pratt could receive between 15 years to life in prison.
A presentence investigation was ordered in the case and Pratt, who remains held on a $100,000 bond, will be sentenced June 11 in common pleas court.
Pratt was taken into custody Dec. 22 by sheriff’s deputies after federal authorities and an investigation revealed the rape and child pandering allegations.
A search warrant executed at Pratt’s home resulted in a computer being seized as evidence and sexually explicit photographs were recovered from the system’s hard drive. Some of those images were taken off of the Internet while other photographs appeared to have been taken by Pratt, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.