Former Ohio police officer gets 14 years for raping teen

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A former police officer in northern Ohio has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for raping a 16-year-old girl at his home.

Prosecutors had asked for a 22-year sentence on Thursday for fired Lima police officer Justin Bentz.

Bentz had testified at his trial that the girl lured him into having sex with her and that he thought she was 21. The judge handling the case said his claim that the girl looked older was preposterous.

The teen said she repeatedly told the officer, “No,” and that she was afraid of him.

Authorities say Bentz raped the teen at his home while he was off duty and just hours after he took a continuing education class that warned it was illegal to have sex with someone underage. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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