A Wheelersburg man will spend 25 years to life in prison.
Scioto County Common Pleas Judge Howard H. Harcha III sentenced Shannon L. Horsley, Jr., 45, who lived on Taylor Dutiel Road, for the rape of a minor. A Common Pleas Court jury deliberated nearly eleven hours over a two day period to find Horsley guilty of rape of a child under the age of 13.
Horsley, a lifelong resident of Scioto County, was charged in a five count indictment, with forcible rape covering a period of August 2012 until June 20, 2014. After a trial which lasted nearly six days, Horsley was found guilty of one count charging him with forcible rape of a minor resulting in serious physical harm.
According to testimony presented by Assistant Prosecutors Pat Apel and Julie Hutchinson, sheriff’s detectives received a complaint that a minor had been assaulted and taken to the emergency room at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The minor was transferred to Adena Hospital in Chillicothe for examination by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. The rape kit collected by the nurse examiner was submitted to the BCI crime lab along with other evidence for examination. Apel said BCI analysts determined that Horsley’s DNA was on the minor’s dress and bed sheet. In addition, a physical examination conducted at the Children’s Protection Center in Chillicothe revealed injuries on the child suffered during the sexual assault.
Horsley is known to local law enforcement officers for his prior felony record which includes a 1996 burglary conviction and an 8 to 15 year prison sentence as well as two drug trafficking convictions occurring in 2010.
Horsley was represented by Portsmouth Attorney Richard Wolfson.
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