WCH man gets 10-year term for rape


WILMINGTON — In a Clinton County case, a Washington Court House man received a 10-year prison term for rape, in which the victim was a pre-teen girl.

Kevin B. Mathews, 36, also has a pending sex-related charge — unlawful sexual conduct with a minor — in Fayette County. In the meantime, he has begun his Clinton County sentence in state prison.

At the sentencing hearing held in Clinton County Common Pleas Court, the child victim of the crime was not present, but her mother was.

In a plea agreement, prosecutors and defense counsel jointly recommended the 10-year term of prison, “with the understanding that the defendant is to receive five years consecutive to this case in [the] Fayette County Court case for a definite term of imprisonment of 15 years on both cases,” stated court papers.

Time credit was given toward the prison term for 57 days of incarceration in the local jail.

According to the indictment handed down this summer by a Clinton County Grand Jury, Mathews’ criminal conduct occurred allegedly between March 2014 to early January 2015 within the county.

A court paper filed by Mathews’ attorney, Mary E. King of Washington Court House, stated her client is a military veteran and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) “along with several other mental health conditions.”

Further, he has received in-patient mental health treatment on several occasions, wrote King, adding Mathews “sporadically presents as delusional.”

After release from prison, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority will supervise Mathews for five years.

As a Tier 3 sex offender, he must register with in-person verification every 90 days for life.

Court paperwork stated Mathews’ expected county of residence after release from prison is unknown.

The maximum prison term for Mathews’ first-degree felony conviction was 11 years.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.


By Gary Huffenberger

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