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Published: Wednesday, 5/4/2005

Repeat offender found guilty in sexual assault

A convicted sex offender was found guilty yesterday in the sexual assault of a 35-year-old East Toledo woman in a trial in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

Armin Ryan, 37, of Swanton, who is awaiting trial in Wood County where he is accused of raping a woman in March, was convicted of one count of rape by a jury. Judge James Bates immediately sentenced Ryan to nine years in prison. He will not be eligible for parole.

Ryan is classified as a sexual predator for 1997 convictions in Lucas County for attempted gross sexual imposition and attempted abduction. He served 10 months in prison for the crimes. He also served 2 1/2 years of a six-year sentence in California for convictions in 1991 for forcible rape and false imprisonment.

Lou Kountouris, a Lucas County assistant county prosecutor who handled the latest case, said Ryan also has a 2003 conviction for failing to comply with registration requirements for the sexual classification imposed in 1997.

The crime in East Toledo occurred Dec. 1 when Ryan went to the victim's home and sexually assaulted her. While free on a $15,000 bond, Ryan is accused of sexually assaulting a woman March 5 in a residence in the Friendly Village mobile home park on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

The victim, who is in her early 20s, told authorities that her attacker forced her to ingest cocaine, stole money from her purse, and put something against her temple, threatening to shoot her if she didn't do what he wanted. Ryan was charged with aggravated burglary, robbery, kidnapping, rape, and corrupting another with drugs. He is scheduled to go on trial May 17.

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