Clermont Co. man sentenced to more than century in prison for child sex crimes

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BATAVIA, Ohio (WLWT) — A Clermont Co. man could spend the rest of his life in prison for sex crimes involving children.

Michael Workman was sentenced Monday to 161 years in prison after being found guilty last month on 17 counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition.

Officials said Workman engaged in sexual conduct with two minors, both young boys, at his home in Williamsburg.

One was a neighbor who played with Workman’s stepson, authorities said. Workman touched the privates of and sexually abused the neighbor, 13, in November 2015.

The second victim, now 23, was sexually abused and raped from 1999 to 2007, between the ages of 6 and 14, according to court documents.

The grandmother of one of the victims had an emotional testimony in court.

“He went from being a fun-loving 13-year-old boy to being a mad and angry and sad 14-year-old boy,” said the grandmother of one of the victims. “Please do this so he can’t do this to other children.”

Workman will not be eligible for parole. The family of the one of the victims and the prosecutor said they were happy with the results.

“I can say that we’re very pleased. I know I can speak for the victims and the office personally. As I said in court, this is the worst type of offender. These are the worst types of offenses and they called for a maximum sentence,” said Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Scott O’Reilly.

Judge Jerry McBride said the maximum sentence was necessary.

“I will find that the consecutive sentences are necessary to protect the public from future crime and punish the defendant. They are not disproportionate to the seriousness of his conduct and the danger he poses to the public,” said Judge Jerry McBride.

Should he be released at some point, Workman will have to register as a Tier III sex offender.

The judge said Workman had 30 days to appeal the sentence. Workman said he will appeal.

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