A Delaware man was sentenced to 24 years in prison Friday afternoon after he was convicted of charges including rape, unlawful sexual conduct and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.
Charles Frederick Ingram, 57, formerly of 171 Fair Avenue, Delaware, appeared in court Friday to be sentenced for one count of rape, a first-degree felony; one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third-degree felony, and five counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, second-degree felonies.
Ingram has maintained his innocence of these charges and took the matter before a jury in January. After a three-day trial, he was found guilty of the seven charges and found not guilty on six other counts. During the trial, prosecutors alleged that Ingram coerced or forced a 14-year-old girl into having sex with him and sending him photos of her in sexually suggestive poses.
Before the sentencing, visiting Judge Roger Wilson, a retired judge from Champaign County, heard a statement from the victim’s mother.
“We should not be here doing this,” the mother said. “This should never have happened.”
Assistant Delaware County Prosecutor Cory Goe read a statement from the victim, who stated that she has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and night terrors.
“Since you pulled me into that nightmare, my life has changed,” the statement said. The victim also called Ingram “evil” in the statement.
Ingram spoke to Judge Wilson and said that he felt he had been wronged in this case and said the victim and her family had lied on the stand.
After reviewing the Ohio Revised Code and hearing statements from both sides, Wilson sentenced Ingram to 11 years in prison for the rape charge, five years for the unlawful sexual conduct with a minor charge and eight years for one charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. He ordered that these sentences be served consecutively.
He also sentenced Ingram to eight years for the other four charges of illegal use of a minor but said these would be served concurrent to each other and the other charges.
Wilson said the total sentence would be 24 years in prison but credited Ingram the 228 days he spent in the Delaware County Jail since the case began.
Additionally, Wilson said Ingram must register as a Tier 3 sex offender upon his release from prison.
Ingram was in the Delaware County Jail on Friday awaiting transport to prison.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.