LIMA — A 60-year-old Lima man alleged to have raped a 12-year-old girl earlier this year pleaded guilty to slightly reduced charges Wednesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
Johnny Malloy faces a mandatory prison term of 10 years to life when he is sentenced Dec. 18. Malloy had been scheduled to stand trial next week.
Under the terms of an agreement with prosecutors that was accepted by Malloy earlier in the day, the state agreed to amend the charges against the Lima man to remove language alleging his use of force in compelling the victim in the case to engage in unlawful and unspecified sexual acts. The amended language affected the prison term to which Malloy can be sentenced, removing the required for life imprisonment without possibility of parole.
He was labeled a Tier III sex offender, and as such must register every 90 days for life with the sheriff’s office in his county of residence.
Asked by Judge Terri Kohlrieser if he was ready to proceed with his plea change, Malloy replied, “I just want to get it over with.”
Malloy was indicted by a grand jury in March after prosecutors alleged he engaged in sexual conduct with the young female on or about Feb. 5. Following an appearance by Malloy in Lima Municipal Court in February, Judge David Rodabaugh ordered the affidavit filed by police in support of the arrest warrant for Malloy to be sealed and made unavailable for public inspection.
Malloy was in Allen County Common Pleas Court in July with his court-appointed attorney, Steve Chamberlain, as part of a suppression hearing. The defendant, through his attorney, alleged that during interviews with Lima Police Department Detective Steve Stechschulte on Feb. 10 and Feb. 11, his constitutional rights were violated due to improper admonitions surrounding the issuance of his Miranda warning rights.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ken Sturgill at the time said it was the state’s contention that all Miranda requirements were met and that the motion should be overruled.
The judge ultimately denied the defense motion.