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Published: Thursday, 4/24/2003

Man who assaulted girl is sentenced to prison

A Perrysburg man who sexually assaulted a young girl at her home in East Toledo was sentenced yesterday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court to six years in prison.

Brian R. Walter, 23, of 7327 Winding Brook Rd., was convicted March 24 of attempted rape. He was indicted on rape and gross sexual imposition charges for the assault Jan. 1 on the 6-year-old girl.

Lori Olender, an assistant county prosecutor, said the girl suffered bruises on her neck during the attack, and that the child continues to suffer from serious psychological problems because of the assault.

Before sentencing, Judge Charles Wittenberg determined that Walter was a sexually oriented offender, which is the least serious of three classifications for sex offenders. When he is released from prison, Walter must register annually with the sheriff's office in the county where he resides and he must inform the sheriff anytime he moves.

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