LANCASTER – An Ohio man who pleaded no contest to rape and other counts involving a 15-year-old Lancaster girl he met through the Internet was sentenced Friday to 23 years and four months in prison.
Superior Court Judge Lisa Chung imposed the term on Michael Scheetz, 46, of Westerville, Ohio, who pleaded no contest June 29 to one count each of forcible rape, attempted kidnapping to commit another crime, criminal threats, contact with a minor for a sexual offense and arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes and two counts of lewd act on a child.
Another count — kidnapping to commit another crime — was dismissed as a result of his plea.
Scheetz met the girl — who was living in a local group home — through a bisexual website. He initially pretended to be a girl, according to Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami.
Authorities said Scheetz traveled from Ohio to Lancaster in September 2012 to meet the girl and knew she was underage.
Deputies who spotted and questioned Scheetz were led to a desert field east of 15th Street West where the girl was found October 1, 2012, according to deputies. She had been reported missing a day earlier.
Along with the prison term, Scheetz was required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to Hatami.
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