Man gets life in prison for child rape

By Frank Lewis

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Zachary Dunn will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the 2013 kidnapping and rape of a six-year-old Jackson County girl.

Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Justin Lovett and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Dunn, 32, of Jackson, has been sentenced to serve life in prison without parole following his conviction. Dunn was found guilty of three counts of kidnapping with sexual motivation specifications, one count of abduction, one count of rape, two counts of gross sexual imposition, and one count of felonious assault.

On Thursday, Judge Christopher J. Regan sentenced Dunn to life in prison without parole. As part of his sentence, Judge Regan also classified Dunn as a Tier III sex offender.

“This defendant committed one of the most heinous crimes imaginable, and with today’s sentence he will never have the chance to hurt another child ever again,” DeWine said. “Those who target children in this state will be met with the full force of the law.”

Dunn was arrested in July of 2013 after reportedly kidnapping the six year old from her Jackson home. DeWine said Dunn sexually assaulted the victim and abandoned her in a Liberty Township cemetery before she managed to reach a nearby residence for help.

“Zachary Dunn is a callous child predator who still shows no genuine remorse for the terrible acts he committed against a defenseless six-year-old girl,” Lovett said. “and he is most deserving of nothing less than the maximum possible punishment that was handed down today.”

Members of Attorney General DeWine’s Crimes Against Children Critical Response Team assisted the Jackson Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and multiple other law enforcement and public safety agencies in the investigation and search for the child and suspect. The Jackson Police Department was the lead investigating agency on the case.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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