WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Trumbull County jury returned a guilty verdict in the case of a Garrettsville man accused of rape.
Edward Wymer was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting three victims under age 13. He shook his head and leaned into his folded hands as the verdict was read.
The alleged crimes occurred between February 2018 and February 2019, according to the indictment.
It took the jury less than an hour to return a verdict in the case.
“All the victims stated that they were scared of him. They all knew him, and I think maybe they had it the other way around. I think he should have been scared of them because, at the end of the day, they were the ones who sort of doled out some justice, today,” said Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Gabe Wildman.
Judge Ronald Rice revoked Wymer’s bond.
Prosecutors say they will be asking for the maximum sentence, which is life in prison without the possibility of parole. That hearing is set for March 9.
Wymer’s case was the first criminal trial was the first to held in Trumbull County since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Court officials spent the last several months preparing the courtroom.
They wanted to make sure jurors could be spread at least six feet apart. They also made room for witnesses, media members, the defendant and lawyers.