Friday, May 04, 2001

Attackers get prison in sex case

Videotape made of assault on woman at party

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — The victim of a videotaped sexual assault on Thursday confronted the four men convicted of attacking her and said she might be able to forgive them.

        “Forgiveness is in me,” the 26-year-old woman said.

        But she chastised the men for videotaping the assault and for claiming that the acts were consensual.

        The woman was assaulted at a New Year's Eve party. The woman, a mother of three, said she knew one of the men who assaulted her.

        Defense lawyers asked that they be placed in treatment centers, not prison. But Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth said the offenses warranted prison.

        The defendants, who pleaded guilty to sexual battery charges in February, received fines plus prison sentences ranging from one to three years. They had faced up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

        When asked for her reaction to the sentencing, the woman paused, then replied, “I didn't really care what they got.”

        The only defendant who received the minimum sentence of one year was Stephan Wesley Tremble, 23, of Lexington.

        Mr. Tremble had no previous criminal record, the judge noted, and had shown remorse and expressed embarrassment and concern for the victim, whom he knew.

        That prior association “cuts both ways,” Judge Spaeth said. “It doesn't explain why you didn't act to defend (her) more assertively.”

        Judge Spaeth imposed two-year sentences and $5,000 fines for defendants Michael L. Reid, 22, of Springdale and Daymon Eugene Anderson, 24, of Springfield Township.

        The fourth defendant, Justin Walker Bowman, 21, of Fairfield, was sentenced to three years in prison and fined $7,500.

        Mr. Bowman said he was “kidding around” when he hit her with a boot.

        “You hit me hard enough to leave a knot on my head and you knocked me to the ground,” the woman said.

        Mr. Bowman was the only defendant who did not apologize to the victim, and Judge Spaeth said, “This court does not believe that Mr. Bowman shows any remorse.”


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