Created on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 Written by DAN SEWELL,Associated Press
CINCINNATI (AP) — A Montgomery County trial for an adoptive father who has already pleaded guilty in nearby Miami County to raping children in his care was postponed Tuesday amid plea negotiations.
A Montgomery County court official said next week's trial date has been vacated and a Dec. 20 hearing has been set on a possible final agreement. No other details were made public. Defense attorney Nick Gounaris declined to discuss what's been offered in the plea talks.
The 40-year-old Troy man is charged in Montgomery County with three counts of rape of a child under 13 and four counts of complicity to child rape. The three boys involved were ages 9-12.
Last month, the man pleaded guilty to six counts of rape in Miami County. Twenty-five charges were dropped with his agreement to cooperate with authorities.
The Associated Press isn't naming the adoptive father to protect the children's identities. He said in a jail interview Sunday that he was sorry the children were hurt and that he wanted to spare them from having to testify.
The Montgomery County prosecutor says the adoptive father brought one of the boys to a Dayton man's home where both men raped the child. Patrick Rieder, 32, faces trial on four counts of rape of a child under 13 and dozens of pornography charges.
The prosecutor in Miami County says the adoptive father also arranged for a man there to rape one of the boys. Jason Zwick, 30, of Miami County was arrested earlier this year on child rape charges. Zwick's trial is scheduled Jan. 8 in Troy.
The adoptive father has agreed to testify against Zwick, and is to be sentenced in Miami County after Zwick's trial. The adoptive father faces at least 60 years in prison.
Authorities said the adoptive father had been caring for three boys and a girl in his home in Miami County. The longtime foster parent and youth basketball coach had adopted all of the children except for one of the boys, whom he was in the process of adopting when he was arrested in February.
The arrests came after an investigation that began when an undercover detective saw online references to men seeking "taboo" sex.