LIMA — A Lima man faces the possibility of serving life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced in May for raping children, one less than 10 years of age.
Keith Overmeyer, 66, of Lima, appeared in an Allen County Common Pleas Court hearing Monday morning and accepted an offer from prosecutors to resolve his case.
Overmeyer was indicted by an Allen County grand jury nearly one year ago and pleaded not guilty to 14 sex-related charges; 10 counts of rape, all first-degree felonies, and four counts of gross sexual imposition, third-degree felonies.
Nine of the rape charges allege that from Jan. 1, 2017, until March 9, 2019, Overmyer engaged in sexual conduct with a female under the age of 13. During that same time period he is alleged to have had sex with another victim under the age of 10.
Overmeyer on Monday accepted a deal from prosecutors that called for him to plead guilty to four rape charges in exchange for the state’s dismissal of the remaining counts.
The facts behind the case are largely unknown and will now remain so. Shortly after Overmeyer’s initial appearance in Lima Municipal Court, Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Kenneth Sturgill filed a motion that the affidavit in support of an arrest warrant for Overmyer be sealed. Municipal Court Judge Tammie Hursh approved that motion and ordered the details of the case be shielded from public inspection “until further order of the court.”
The Lima man appeared before Judge Jeffrey Reed in early April of 2019 and admitted being “a little confused” by some of the proceedings in his case. Overmyer said he did understand the ramifications of forfeiting his constitutional right to a speedy trial and other steps associated with the case.
During Monday’s hearing, Reed said the minimum prison sentence Overmeyer can receive is 15-year to life.