Sutherland Sentenced to Life for Rape

GREENVILLE— After about four hours of deliberation, a Darke County man was sentenced to life for rape on Wednesday afternoon in Darke County Common Pleas Court. Judge Jonathan P. Hein presided, with Darke County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Deborah Quigley and the defendant’s attorney Mark Wieczorek present.

Jeffrey S. ‘Scott’ Sutherland, 33, of Greenville, was found guilty to two counts of rape, both first-degree felonies.

The state alleged that Sutherland sexually assaulted an 8-year-old family member multiple times while they were in his care. The victim reported the abuse on April 20, 2020, and the Darke County Sheriff’s Department opened an investigation the same day.

One of the three original indictments was dismissed after the defense moved for a judgment of acquittal. Wieczorek reminded the court that during their testimony, the victim only claimed Sutherland raped her once, and that the two other allegations did not involve penetration.

He also cited former emergency pediatric physician at Dayton Children’s Hospital Dr. Katherine Bastisti’s testimony, where she told the jury that the victim’s sexual assault kit results were inconclusive.

After hearing the defense, the court overruled the motion for the acquittal of counts one and two of rape to be dismissed, but dismissed the third count.

Sutherland was sentenced to two mandatory 25 years to life sentences in prison, served concurrently. He was apprehended and transported to the Darke County Jail. Due to subject matter, the trial was not streamed online.

 

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, crocheter, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at amiller@darkecountynow.com.

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