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Man sentenced to 80 years for raping teen

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio  -  David T. Adams of Austintown is sentenced to the maximum of 80 years in prison after a Mahoning County jury found him guilty on eight counts of rape.

The jury reached the verdict after seven hours of deliberations, and Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge John Durkin proceeded immediately to sentencing Adams.

Judge Durkin told Adams, "The years of abuse that took place -- you have categorically denied these accusations, but you can't fake what she said.  No young girl should be exposed to what you did."

Adams was convicted of raping an Austintown teenager from the time she was 13-years-old until she was 16.  The victim is now 20-years-old.

Even as Mahoning County Sheriff's Deputies hauled Adams off in handcuffs, he continued to deny his guilt.

Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Dawn Cantalamessa says, "He groomed her to do sexual favors for him in exchange for the privilege or permission to go places.  The abuse started in a progressive sort of way in that he started out with little things, and moved his way up.  This went on for years, and at least once a month if not every other week, and she just tolerated it for the longest time."

Adams defense attorney, Anthony Meranto told 21 News, "I certainly respect the verdict, and the jury did their job in that they deliberated seven hours.  If at one point in time people had doubts or had questions, I think they did what they're supposed to do."

Adams initially pleaded guilty in the case and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but an appeals court decision allowed him to rescind his guilty plea and take the case to trial.  That trial resulted in the guilty verdict by a jury, and an 80 year sentence from a Judge.

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