Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins is praising that Ohio Adult Parole Authority for giving a convicted rapist a five-year extension in his prison time.

According to a press release, 66-year-old Willis Reitz has failed in his bid for freedom after being interview by parole board members earlier in the fall. His next parole hearing will be in May of 2028.

Reitz is convicted of multiple sex crimes against children in multiple states including the rape of a female in North Carolina in 1977, another rape in Mississippi in 1987 and multiple rapes in Trumbull County between 1986 and 1994. He was convicted in 1994.

"It's a good day when the children of this county and state can be safe from someone capable of this kind of evil," Watkins said.