July 30, 2014

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Man gets 5 years for sexual assault

ELYRIA — Joseph Worthy was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to a rape charge for sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman in January.

An additional kidnapping charge against Worthy, 36, was dropped as part of the plea deal.

The victim originally told police that a stranger, later identified as Worthy, had kidnapped her off the street possibly at gunpoint and taken her to a vacant home where he forced himself on her.

But police later determined that the woman went to the home willingly as part of a drug deal.

Worthy had insisted after his arrest that the sexual encounter with the woman was consensual.