Man to serve prison time on rape charge

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By Calen McKinney


A Lebanon man will serve eight years in prison for raping a 14-year-old girl in Taylor County.

Eric B. Reardon, 21, of 71 St. Catherine St., was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury last April. He was charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

In November, Reardon appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly and pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and the sexual abuse charges. The plea agreement was reached during a medication conference.

On Tuesday, Kelly sentenced Reardon to serve eight years in prison and register as a sex offender after he is released.

Reardon, who has been incarcerated at the Taylor County Detention Center since his arrest last April, was also ordered to complete sex offender treatment. He is to not have contact with the victim and her family members until his conditional discharge sentence has been completed. Reardon will serve that sentence after he is released from prison.

According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office news release, deputies responded to a complaint at a Raikes Hill Road home on Jan. 31, 2013.

The release states that a 14-year-old female claimed Reardon touched her in a sexual manner. After making her statement to police, the girl was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital for an examination.

Court records state that the rape happened on Jan. 31 and the sexual abuse the following two days.

According to an interview with the girl, which was entered into court records, Reardon touched her genitals without her consent while she was sitting in his lap.

Commonwealth's Attorney Shelly Miller prosecuted the case and C.B. Bates, a public defender with the Department of Public Advocacy in Columbia, represented Reardon.

Neither Miller nor Bates returned requests for comment on Reardon's sentencing before press time.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney John Miller, who was also involved with prosecuting Reardon's case, said the case was settled based on an agreement with the victim, her family members and law enforcement officials.

" ... The Commonwealth accomplished one of its primary goals, which is to ensure that the defendant register[s] as a sex offender so as to protect the public in the future."

Taylor County Sheriff's deputies Ricky Underwood and Tim Coppage investigated the case against Reardon.

If convicted by a jury, Reardon could have been sentenced to as much as 30 years in prison.

Court records also list his address as Holly Hill Motel, Room 125, in Lebanon.