Steven Jeffers (left) confers with his attorney, Gregory Hermiller, on Wednesday during the sentencing phase of his case. Jeffers was sentenced by Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Basinger to two consecutive nine-year prison terms for two counts of rape. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)
Steven Jeffers (left) confers with his attorney, Gregory Hermiller, on Wednesday during the sentencing phase of his case. Jeffers was sentenced by Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Basinger to two consecutive nine-year prison terms for two counts of rape. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)

OTTAWA — Putnam County Common Pleas Judge Randall L. Basinger sentenced Steven Jeffers, 31, of Ottawa, to 18 years in prison on Wednesday.

 

Jeffers pled guilty to two counts of rape via a bill of information on March 27, 2014.  Both counts alleged that Jeffers “did engage in sexual conduct with another when the offender purposely compels the other person to submit by force or thereat of force.”  

 

Count 1 occurred on or about October 2013 through November 2013, while Count 2 occurred on or about December 2013 through January 2014.  

 

As the victim was a minor child, the offenses constituted rape.

 

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Todd Schroeder recommended that Basinger sentence Jeffers to nine years on each count.

 

Judge Basinger, before imposing the sentences, stated, “The Court reviewed the PSI (Pre-Sentence Investigation) in detail.  This was a series of appalling sexual acts which occurred over a period of time…The Court is making a series of findings; consecutive terms are necessary to protect the public.”

 

Basinger imposed a nine-year prison term on Count 1, and a nine-year term on Count 2, for a total of 18 years; Jeffers must serve a minimum of three years on each term.  A credit of 64 days was given for time previously served.  Jeffers will have post-release control for five years.

 

In addition, Jeffers was designated as a Tier 3 sex offender, which means he must register with the county sheriff every 90 days for the rest of his life.  Failure to register is a felony offense.