MIAMI COUNTY — On Tuesday, a Piqua man entered a guilty plea to first-degree rape and an amended charge of fourth-degree felony gross sexual imposition in a case involving the rape of an adult female victim with Down syndrome last summer.
Harry S. Reedy, 59, of Piqua, entered the plea in Miami County Common Pleas Court with Judge Christopher Gee presiding. The case was set for a two-day trial on Thursday.
According to reports, the female victim, now 32, of Tipp City, has Down syndrome and is mentally incompetent. According to the report, the victim was picked up at her Tipp City home by friends the evening of June 27, 2014, and returned home the following morning, which was unusual, according to the victim’s mother.
The following day, the victim’s mother answered the victim’s phone and Reedy identified himself and informed her that the victim had been with him overnight and that they had had sex. The victim then told her mother that Reedy raped her after her friends dropped her off at Reedy’s house. The victim also stated two men, including Reedy, had raped her while two others, Trishica Leighly, 37, and Patrick Anthony, 57, of Piqua, had held her down while handcuffed to a bed.
The plea agreement includes the dismissal of a first-degree felony kidnapping charge. The joint recommendation includes eight years for rape and 18 months for the gross sexual imposition charges to run concurrently.
Reedy could face up to a maximum 11 years in prison for the first-degree felony rape charge and a $20,000 fine. The second count of gross sexual imposition carries a maximum of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Reedy also will serve five years’ parole upon release and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Judge Gee ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set Reedy’s sentencing date for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Reedy remains incarcerated in Miami County Jail.
Earlier this month, Leighly was charged with four additional counts of third-degree felony intimidation of a witness. On July 9, while out on bond, Leighly allegedly threatened two mentally disabled witnesses with physical harm at their Troy home at least two times and told them to change their testimony. She remains in Miami County Jail with a $40,000 bond.
On Tuesday, Troy Police Department detectives filed two additional charges against Anthony for complicity intimidating witnesses in the case related to Leighly’s charges. Anthony is awaiting a preliminary hearing related to the first-degree felony kidnapping and rape charges. Anthony remains in Miami County Jail with a $400,000 bond.
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