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Man Gets 23 Years for Rape of Minor

A man was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being convicted of first degree rape, first degree sodomy, and first degree sexual abuse.
 
Micah Schoettle, 40, was arrested in September, 2016 after an investigation by the Erlanger Police Department.
 
A middle school student reported that she had been sexually assaulted by Schoettle, beginning when she was 9.
 
According to the Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, the victim was interviewed at the Northern Kentucky Children's Advocacy Center where she described in detail the sexual assaults.
 
Schoettle was indicted in November 2016 for sexual offenses against the minor.
 
The trial, which began in May of this year, resulted in a guilty verdict after seven hours of deliberation by the jury.
 
On July 24, Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe followed the jury's recommendation of 23 years in prison.
 
The trial also featured, for the first time in Kentucky, a Daubert hearing in which the Commonwealth presented evidence regarding the behavioral patterns of children who have been sexually abused. The hearing was the first of its kind in the Commonwealth and allowed testimony to be presented at trial regarding delayed disclosure in cases of child sexual abuse, the prosecutor's office said. 
 
"It's incredibly important to have a judge who isn't afraid to make difficult rulings and Judge Summe is one of the best in Kentucky," said Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders. He said certain behavioral patterns by child survivors of sexual abuse are well known but, until now, had not been presented by experts in Kentucky courts. "I'm proud to employ prosecutors who are willing to use every legal tool available to fight for abused children, and Kenton County will continue to lead the way in Kentucky."
 
-Staff report