Life in prison for raping girl, 9

A Lowell man was sentenced to life in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to committing multiple acts of rape against a 9-year-old girl.

Daniel M. Pottmeyer, 29, of 7959 State Route 60, was arrested in August after a lengthy investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Washington County Children Services.

The victim’s mother reported the abuse in May.

“It took a little while to get the evidence together,” said Capt. Troy Hawkins with the sheriff’s office.

Pottmeyer was not what investigators call an “in-home” perpetrator, meaning he did not live with the girl, nor did he have access to her during the investigation, added Hawkins.

Photographic evidence of the sexual abuse surfaced during the investigation, and Pottmeyer confessed to the acts, he said.

There is no evidence Pottmeyer shared the photographs, Hawkins said.

Pottmeyer was indicted on three first-degree felony counts of rape of a child less than 10 years old and a second-degree felony count of pandering obscenity involving a minor.

Monday he pleaded guilty as charged, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings.

“We had a really good investigation from Children Services and the sheriff’s office. We had great cooperation from the victim’s family,” said Rings of the plea.

The sexual acts are believed to have taken place between January and April 2013, said Rings.

The three counts of rape relate to three different types of sexual acts and carry enhanced penalty provisions, he said.

That means they carry a maximum penalty of life in prison rather than the typical 11 year maximum associated with a first-degree felony.

Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth sentenced Pottmeyer to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years on the three rape counts. Additionally, Pottmeyer was sentenced to seven years-one year shy of the maximum-on the pandering charge.

Pottmeyer will not be eligible for parole for 32 years. He will be 61.

“That was one of our goals, to make sure he’d be well into his 60s and hopefully rehabilitated before he’s eligible for parole,” said Rings.