TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A northwest Ohio day care worker has been sentenced to life in prison in the rape of a 6-year-old girl.
The Blade reports 23-year-old Cody Champagne will be eligible for parole after 15 years. He entered an Alford plea Tuesday to rape. That means he didn’t admit guilt but conceded that prosecutors have enough evidence to get a conviction.
Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Dean Mandros says the “greater good” will be served if he’s never in a position to interact with children again.
Prosecutors say the Toledo man molested the girl in a bathroom between Sept. 1 and March 20. He allegedly would give the victim chocolate chips and tell her not to tell anyone what he was doing.
Champagne apologized to the victim’s family in court.