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An 11-year prison sentence has been recommended for Ronald E. Ayers, 36, who pleaded guilty to one count of rape in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

According to the Columbus Dispatch  “The 27-year-old victim told Columbus police that she had walked with her child to a bus stop at E. Long Street and N. Ohio Avenue on the morning of Oct. 21, 2013, when a man walked up behind her and placed what she thought was a gun to her back.  He forced them to walk with him behind the vacant building at 1151 E. Long St., where he raped the woman from behind while she clung to her daughter, Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Hunt said.

The victim reported the rape to a COTA driver after returning to the bus stop and later picked Ayers from a photo lineup, Hunt said.  The woman told police that her attacker, a stranger she had seen in the area previously, threatened to kill her and her child if she told what happened.”

Part of the plea deal Ayers must must register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life.

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