December 18, 2014

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Bedford Heights man found guilty of raping 11-year-old

John Williams

John Williams

ELYRIA — A Bedford Heights man was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison Friday after a Lorain County jury found him guilty of two counts of rape.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery handed down the sentence for 47-year-old John Williams after the jury returned its verdict following a two-day trial.

Lorain police arrested Williams in May after gathering evidence he had picked up an 11-year-old girl he met online and took her to a Cleveland hotel where he sexually assaulted her in February.

Williams is a registered sex offender with prior convictions in Cuyahoga County.