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Former Ohio teacher gets life for raping child

OTTAWA, Ohio – A former northwest Ohio industrial arts teacher has been sentenced to life in prison for raping a child.

Fifty-five-year-old Jeffrey Perry was sentenced this week in Ottawa, in Putnam County north of Lima. He pleaded guilty in January to three counts of raping a child younger than 13.

The local case against Perry developed after he was implicated in an FBI investigation into the distribution of child pornography. He still faces federal charges.

Perry worked for the Continental school district as an industrial arts teacher from 1995 to 2003. His position was eliminated by budget cuts. He also worked in other districts.

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