Ocala #man gets life for #molesting girl, possessing #child porn

John Henry Rapp would bribe the girl with candy to pose for naked photos and showed her porn while molesting her.

An Ocala man convicted of 20 sex crimes in relation to interactions he had with a 12-year-old girl will serve a sentence of life in prison, a judge ruled on Monday.

John Henry Rapp, 46, was found guilty Nov. 1 of three counts of sexual battery on a child, 12 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, one count of lewd and lascivious conduct and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition. He also will be registered as a sexual predator.

Rapp sexually abused the girl at his home and a warehouse. He would bribe her with candy to pose for naked photographs and showed her porn while molesting her. The instances of sexual assault and molestation occurred between Christmas 2015 and August 2016. Rapp was arrested Aug. 16, 2016, according to Marion County Jail records.

He also videotaped the abuse at least once, which 5th Judicial Circuit Judge Robert Hodges referred to before he sentenced Rapp to life.

“It seems to me these offenses had gone on for a long time,” he said. It seemed, he added, that Rapp had groomed the girl to be conditioned to the abuse.

 

Rapp’s defense attorney, Christine Bird, acknowledged the serious nature of the crimes but asked Hodges for the minimum allowable sentence. She said Rapp had no prior criminal history and had been a productive citizen before the incidents began.

“If it were up to the victim and the victim’s mother, they would want to see him spend the rest of his life in prison,” Assistant State Attorney Bryon Aven countered.

Before Rapp’s arrest, the girl was interviewed at Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection. She told officials she and Rapp went to a store and he told her he would buy her a candy bar if she would pose naked for him. She said she went to a warehouse on South Pine Avenue, where he took photographs of her while she was naked, according to police reports. She said the first instance of sexual assault occurred a few days after Christmas 2015. She described two times that Rapp showed her porn while he molested her.