Walbridge man accused of rape rejects plea offer


A Walbridge man charged with five counts of rape has rejected a plea deal that could have meant 30 years in prison instead of a life sentence.

James Lohmeyer, 41, was transported from the jail Tuesday to the courtroom of Wood County Common Pleas Judge Matt Reger.

He was indicted in September for five counts of rape, all first-degree felonies; two counts gross sexual imposition, one a third-degree felony and one a fourth-degree felony; 10 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor or impaired person, all fourth-degree felonies; disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a fifth-degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Wood County Assistant Prosecutor Charles McDonald said the offered deal included guilty pleas to two counts of rape, one count gross sexual imposition and two counts of pandering.

The maximum prison term if the sentences were imposed consecutively would be 30 years, Reger said.

Lohmeyer rejected the offer.

A previous offer made and rejected in December included guilty pleas to three counts of rape, the F3 count of gross sexual imposition and two counts pandering with a maximum prison sentence of 41 years.

According to court documents, twice from June 25, 2012, to June 23, 2013, Lohmeyer allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a 10-year-old.

The addition three rape charges allegedly occurred between June 25, 2015, to June 23, 2016, when he allegedly purposely compelled the same child to engage in sexual conduct by submitting by force or threat of force.

The F4 GSI charge allegedly occurred in January 2022, when Lohmeyer had sexual contact with the same person by purposely compelling the person to submit by force or threat of force.

From June 25, 2018, to June 23, 2019, he allegedly sold, disseminated, or provided the same person or law enforcement officer posing as a juvenile material that was obscene.

Ten times on June 7, he allegedly bought, possessed or controlled obscene material that had a minor as one of its participants.

From June 2-7, while knowing an investigation was in progress or about to be started, he allegedly concealed or destroyed records or documents in order to impair their value or availability as evidence.

Two of the rape charges carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison. The amended charges that were offered did not have life as a possible penalty.

The three-day jury trial scheduled to start Feb. 28 was confirmed; however, a motion to continue was filed by the defense on Friday.

He remains in jail on a $250,000 bond.

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