Fort Mitchell businessman sentenced for sex with teen
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A former Tri-State businessman is locked up on Friday night for having a sexual relationship with an underage girl.
Local 12’s Joe Webb broke this story two years ago and was in court on Friday as it wrapped up.
Ronald Hill was sentenced to seven years for rape and sexual abuse.
His trip to prison has taken a while and had some interesting turns along the way.
His plea means the victim, who was 14 at the time the abuse started, will not have to testify against him.
Ronald Hill said nothing in court on Friday. The attorneys and the judge did all the talking.
Hill worked out a plea agreement, pleading guilty to three counts of rape and two counts of sexual abuse.
“Five years on the three rape counts and two years on the abuse counts for a net sentence to run seven years,” said Judge Gregory Bartlett.
The allegations against Hill came to light two years ago. They involve an ongoing sexual relationship with a girl from his neighborhood who was 14 when the relationship started.
Hill was arrested in southern Kentucky at his mother’s home. He had driven there in a rental car, the “OnStar” device wrapped in aluminum foil.
“He was trying to avoid detection by the use of tin foil on his vehicle,” said Theresa Logsdon, the original special prosecutor to the case.
Logsdon was the first special prosecutor in the case. It was eventually taken over by the Kentucky Attorney General's Office.
On Friday afternoon, friends and family of the victim sat quietly through the hearing. All grateful that Hill pled guilty so the victim would not have to testify.
“That was the biggest relief of all. Knowing how strong she was and to stand up and be able to say she would do it. We were all worried to death that she would have to. For him to plead was a blessing for everybody because it would have been an awful trial,” said Shelly Maxwell, a friend of the victim’s family.
They were also grateful that on Friday, after two years, Ronald Hill was going to jail.
“It's a huge relief to have him off the street to watch him knowing he's going to prison and can't bother anybody anymore. It was just so hard to go through,” said Maxwell.
Maxwell says she was disappointed Hill did not leave the courtroom in handcuffs.
The crimes took place between 2008 and 2011.
Ron hill is 48-years-old.
After serving his prison sentence, Ron Hill will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.