GALLIPOLIS — Less than one week after a Gallia County man was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to raping a 10-year-old girl, a second man was sentenced in Gallia County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty to raping an underage family member between 2005-06.
Romie Mays, 44, of Cheshire, was sentenced Monday to 10 years in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. He will be classified as a sexual predator and ordered to register with the sheriff’s office every 90 days for life following his release from prison.
Mays pleaded not guilty to two counts of gross sexual imposition, two counts of rape and two counts of sexual battering last August during his initial arraignment hearing before Common Pleas Judge D. Dean Evans.
The indictment in this case, filed and signed on Aug. 14 by special assistant prosecuting attorney Daniel J. Breyer of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, outlines the six counts that allege Mays had sexual contact with the victim, only identified as D.R., in 2005 and between Aug. 4, 2006 and 2008, both felonies of the third degree. The victim, whose date of birth is listed as 1994, was less than 13 years of age at the time of the incidents.
The indictment further specifies that the defendant allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with D.R. between 2005 and 2006, as well as between Jan. 3, 2007, and July 20, 2007, both felonies of the first degree.
A second victim is also identified in the indictment as Mays, “being the natural or adoptive parents, or stepparent, or guardian, or custodian” of the victims, engaged in sexual conduct with D.R., as well as a victim listed as M.M. between 2007 and 2008, both felonies of the third degree.
According to a police report, the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office was contacted on June 26, 2012, by an official with a medical facility where Mays had been staying to report that the defendant had confessed to staff that he had sexually abused two of his close female family members.
Mays reportedly told officials that he could not remember much about what happened as he had “blocked it out,” and he said he was located at a medical facility due to his recent thoughts of suicide.
When asked why he was admitting to the offenses, Mays reportedly told officials, “I couldn’t carry it anymore.”
Mays, who was later released on own recognizance bond following his arraignment hearing in August, was ordered to have no contact with the victims and was also reportedly subject to a protection plan through Gallia County Protective Services in relation to his child.
Earlier this month, Mays entered a proposed guilty plea in this case and a hearing was later scheduled by the court.
During Monday’s hearing, Mays pleaded guilty to one count of rape, a first degree felony. In light of the defendant’s guilty plea, the state of Ohio dismissed counts one, two, four, five and six of the indictment.
He was further given credit for nine days served as well as future custody days awaiting transportation to a state prison.
Mays was also ordered to have no contact with the person or property of the victim, D.R., and was ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.
As previously reported, Geffrey Collins, 36, of Gallipolis, similarly pleaded guilty to one count of rape, a first-degree felony, last week in Gallia County Common Pleas Court after negotiating a plea agreement with the state, represented by the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office.
Collins, who was indicted and charged with two counts of rape after he allegedly engaged in sexual conduct, between Sept. 9-25, 2013, with the victim, a female whose date of birth is in 2003, was sentenced life in prison with the possibility of parole after serving the minimum of 10 years.
He was given credit for 121 days served and will be classified as a tier III sexually oriented offender.