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Local prosecutor honored for work with victims

Clermont County prosecutor Scott O'Reilly has been recognized statewide for his work with crime victims and he draws his inspiration and passion from his late wife.

CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - A local prosecutor has been recognized statewide for his work with crime victims.

The decision by the Ohio Victim Witness Association to honor Clermont County prosecutor Scott O'Reilly was unanimous.

The award is given to a visionary prosecutor who seeks justice for crime victims, child abuse, sex abuse and domestic violence victims.

Child rapist Michael Workman is an example. O'Reilly put together a case that sent him to prison for 161 years.

"He is the definition of a sexual predator," O'Reilly said.

Some of O'Reilly's passion and inspiration come from his late wife Emily, who died in 2016. They have three children together, twins Gabby and Grace, and Henry.

Local 12 did a story before Emily died of a rare incurable bile duct cancer. She spent her final months making memories with her family.

"What I'm doing is making memories for Henry, so he can tell his sisters," Emily had told Local 12.

"The hard thing is, look at my kids, they don't have a mom. There are victims of crimes in similar situations" O'Reilly said. "I know how hard it is. I know what it's like not to have answers, especially when one of them says 'is Mom coming back this Christmas?'"

Emily's sister, Elizabeth, said, "I know Emily would be so proud of not only what he's doing with his career, but what he's doing as a single father."

The woman who nominated O'Reilly says Scott takes cases other prosecutors would not.

"Maybe in another county a prosecutor would feel I'm not taking that because I won't win. He thinks about victims first," Erika Yingling of the YWCA Greater Cincinnati said.

Emily worked with victims too. As a clinical counselor, she helped them put their lives back together. Even though she died nearly two years ago, Emily O'Reilly was very much a part of Monday's ceremony.

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