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Two men get 10+ years in prison for raping children

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Aug 7, 2018 at 10:00 PM

JACKSON  A man has been sentenced Tuesday to serve more than a decade in prison for the rape of a juvenile.

Brian Brust, 45, of Jackson, pleaded guilty to one count of rape and four counts of sexual battery, following an investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Jackson County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Regan immediately sentenced Brust to 13 years in prison. Brust will also be required to remain classified as a Tier III sex offender.

"This defendant sexually assaulted the juvenile on multiple occasions over several years, but thanks to the bravery of the victim and the work of investigators and prosecutors, he did not get away with it," said Attorney General Mike DeWine.

In another, separate offense, 

A Guernsey County man was sentenced to spend a decade in prison after pleading guilty to raping two juveniles.

John M. Dugan, 43, of Cambridge pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one count of pandering obscenity involving a minor. Guernsey County Common Pleas Judge Daniel Padden sentenced Dugan to ten years in prison.

Dugan was also classified as a Tier III sex offender.

"We work each day in the Ohio Attorney General's Office to stand up for children and hold predators accountable," DeWine said. "In addition to prison, this defendant will also be on the sex offender registry for the rest of his life."

The investigation by the Cambridge Police Department found that Dugan assaulted the victims on separate occasions in 2013 and 2017. Authorities also discovered images of child pornography on Dugan’s cell phone.

Both cases was prosecuted by attorneys with the Attorney General's Special Prosecutions Section as part of DeWine's Crimes Against Children Initiative.

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