Daniel L. Bignell Jr. was found guilty on three counts of first-degree felony rape after he entered an Alford plea Tuesday morning in the Williams County Court of Common Pleas.
That means he still says he’s innocent, but admits there’s enough evidence for a guilty verdict from a jury.
In September, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bignell at his home in Montpelier and charged him with five counts of rape, two counts of attempted rape, three counts of kidnapping and four counts of gross sexual imposition, all involving underage females from 2001 to 2010.
The trial started Monday afternoon and was set to resume Tuesday morning, but the plea put an end to it.
The rape and kidnapping with sexual motivation charges each carry a maximum sentenced of life in prison. The gross sexual imposition charges carry a minimum five-year prison sentence.
Bignell is locked behind bars at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.
His sentencing is now set for January 8th when he will face up to 30 years behind bars.