DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man pleaded guilty Friday to raping a boy at the center of sexual abuse allegations that have already landed the boy’s adoptive father and another man long prison sentences.
Following his plea, the Montgomery County prosecutor’s office said Patrick Rieder was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.
Rieder, 32, pleaded guilty to 27 counts including rape of a child under 13, pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance.
Authorities said the boy’s adoptive father gave Rieder and another man access to the boy. The adoptive father brought the child to Rieder’s Dayton home, where both men raped him, prosecutors alleged.
Rieder’s attorney, Christopher Thompson, did not immediately return calls Friday.
The adoptive father pleaded guilty Nov. 2 to six counts of raping three young boys in his care in Miami County, where prosecutors have recommended a sentence of 60 years to life in prison in exchange for his guilty plea. He also pleaded guilty Dec. 20 in a Montgomery County court in Dayton to one count each of child rape and complicity to rape under a plea agreement that calls for 50 years to life in prison.
The adoptive father agreed to testify at Rieder’s trial that had been scheduled for later this month, but Montgomery County prosecutor’s spokesman Greg Flannagan said that sentencing may be moved up in light of Rieder’s plea.
Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said after the adoptive father’s plea that the father “will basically spend the rest of his natural life locked up and that certainly is a good disposition.”
Authorities said the 40-year-old adoptive father had been caring for three boys and a girl in his Miami County home and adopted all of the children except for one of the boys, whom he was in the process of adopting.
The Associated Press isn’t naming the adoptive father to protect the identities of the children, whose ages at the time of the arrests ranged from 9 to 12.
The adoptive father told The Associated Press in an interview late last year that he was sorry for his actions and wanted to testify against Rieder and another man in Miami County who was charged with raping the boy.
The Miami County prosecutor said that the adoptive father arranged for Jason Zwick, of Beavercreek, to rape the boy. Zwick, 30, pleaded no contest Jan. 8 to one count of child rape in that case and was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison.
The adoptive father was arrested in February 2012 as the result of a detective’s investigation of a person who went online seeking what was called “taboo” sex.
Rieder was also labeled a sex offender at his sentencing, meaning he would have to register his address every 90 days for the rest of his life if he ever leaves prison.