Former Lima man pleads guilty to federal sex charges

By J Swygart -

CINCINNATI — Lynn Brenneman, 60, of Bowling Green and formerly of Lima, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

The plea was entered before U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott. The announcement was made jointly by representatives of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Mason Police Department, the prosecutors’ offices in Warren and Preble counties and the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force.

According to court documents, in December 2018, an FBI task force officer was contacted by an Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer regarding an investigation involving the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl.

Authorities say Brenneman had abused the girl on five different occasions over the course of three years and had gone on trips with the girl’s family to Florida, New York, Indiana, Michigan, Washington D.C. and various places in Ohio. For some of the trips, Brenneman paid for campsites and drove the victim in his RV to other states, where he sexually abused her.

On one family trip to a state park in Ohio in September 2018, Brenneman abused the victim, and she ran from the camper and reported the abuse. Officers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources responded at the campground and interviewed witnesses.

During the course of the investigation, it was also revealed that Brenneman had engaged in similar abuse with a second victim years earlier, abusing her between the ages of 8 and 11.

The parties involved with this case have recommended a sentence of 10 years in prison in addition to lifetime supervised release. Dlott will consider that recommendation at a future sentencing hearing.

As part of his plea, Brenneman agreed to pay $75,000 in restitution to one victim and $25,000 to another.

The plea agreement also accounts for local charges in Warren and Preble counties, authorities said.

By J Swygart

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