|Husband, wife sentenced in abuse case|
|Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Friday, 18 October 2013 14:51|
An Ottawa County man was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for abusing a female family member for more than three years, beginning when she was 12 years old.
Bryan Post, 48, of Curtice, pleaded guilty Aug. 23 to gross sexual imposition and sexual battery, both third-degree felonies, in exchange for a first-degree felony charge of rape being dropped. He was sentenced to three years for GSI and five years for sexual battery, with the terms to be served consecutively at the order of Wood County Court of Common Pleas Judge Alan Mayberry.
In asking for consecutive sentences, Post’s attorney, Scott Coon, noted that he has no criminal record and “immediately assumed responsibility for what he did.” Coon said Post was an employee of the Eastwood school district for 26 years and lost his job following the guilty pleas.
Eastwood Superintendent Brent Welker confirmed Post was no longer employed as a bus mechanic and emphasized the crimes did not occur on school property.
Mayberry countered that while the defendant may have acknowledged the crimes, that is far off from accepting responsibility for his actions and the harm he repeatedly inflicted upon his victim.
“You have blamed your actions on medication — some temporary haze you were in,” he said, noting that Post’s depression did not affect his work but instead “conveniently surfaces” when discussing his crimes.
Prior to sentencing, the victim’s grandmother read an impact statement with her granddaughter at her side.
“It’s not easy to stand here today, and I am ill with all the knowledge of what Bryan Post did to my granddaughter,” she said.
The statement indicated the crimes were “unforgettable and unforgiveable,” resulting in a “lifetime of tears, and heartache, and stress,” as well as ongoing therapy.
“We are asking the court to clean up this mess with an appropriate sentence.
“You had to have known how wrong all of this was,” the victim’s grandmother said.
Post is subject to five years of post-release control and was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
His wife, Jennifer Post, 38, was also sentenced Friday, receiving a suspended three-year prison sentence and three years of community control after pleading guilty to child endangerment on Aug. 30 for her role in the ongoing abuse.
She is also no longer employed at Eastwood after working as a bus driver, Welker said.
The prosecution acknowledged she has cooperated with a children’s services investigation after her children were removed from her home, and made a case for probation.
Jennifer Post’s attorney suggested that 145 days spent in jail after violating a no-contact order in the case helped her, and said she has gained employment with a construction firm. Post said her “soon-to-be ex-husband” was “scum.”
Mayberry said he originally intended to sentence her to prison and accused her of taking her husband’s word over the victim and opting to blame her instead for the way she dressed. He referenced the pre-sentence investigation, which indicated she was jealous of the time spent between her husband and the victim.
“It’s disgusting,” Mayberry said of Jennifer Post’s actions. “It’s as bad as what Mr. Post did.”
“You believed a sexual predator instead. Shame on you.”
In addition to the suspended sentence and probation, Jennifer Post was ordered to pay a $500 fine, complete 300 hours of community service and submit for both mental health and sex offender evaluations and treatment.
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