A man from Youngstown, Ohio, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years behind bars for rape after he impregnated a pair of 14-year-old twins and their 12-year-old sister. Arnold Perry, 34, was sentenced to 27 years on Thursday, CBS News reported.
Before his sentencing, Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Jennifer McLaughlin told the court that Perry manipulated the family into letting him move into their home before he sexually abused the children, according to The Youngstown Vindicator. The girls’ mother let Perry stay with them when he needed a place to live, the Associated Press reported. They were trying to help him out, and he took advantage.
McLaughlin said one of the twins had an abortion. The other two girls were unable to terminate their pregnancies because they were discovered too late.
"These girls will suffer the rest of their lives because of this," McLaughlin said.
Perry pleaded guilty in November to the sex crimes — two counts of first-degree felony rape and a third-degree felony count of sexual battery — which took place in 2015 and 2016. His attorney, Mark Lavelle, tried to argue for his client to get only 15 years behind bars, pointing to a brain injury that Perry suffered as a child. Lavelle said that brain injury has impacted Perry’s empathy skills. The attorney did say, however, that this case was the “most heinous” he'd ever taken on.
McLaughlin said Perry had been convicted of similar crimes as a juvenile and failed to alter his behavior.
Perry apologized in court on Thursday.
"I know now what I did was wrong," he said. "I wish I could take it back."
According to CBS News, the girls' mother is raising the two babies, and Perry's family hasn't been helping.
[Photo: Mahoning County Sheriff's Office]