Prosecutors want 22-year sentence for officer guilty of rape

LIMA, Ohio (AP) – Prosecutors in northwestern Ohio are asking a judge to sentence a fired police officer to 22 years in prison after he was found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl.

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Former Lima police officer Justin Bentz was convicted last week of rape, kidnapping and sexual battery charges. Prosecutors say he raped the teen at his home while he was off duty.

The Lima News reports Bentz is scheduled to be sentenced April 14.

Bentz testified that the girl lured him into having sex with her and that he thought she was 21. But the teen told the judge she repeatedly told the officer, “No,” and that she was afraid of him.

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