register as sex offender for life
Osgood man pleads guilty to sex charges
Wanda English Burnett
Tobie Wilson, 36, of Osgood, will be spending the next 20 years
in prison after he pled guilty to two Class B felonies involving
sex offenses against underage girls.
Wilson actually received a sentence of 27 years with seven of
those years suspended to probation. He will have to register as
a sex offender for life.
The plea agreement was reached by Prosecuting Attorney Ric Hertel
and Wilsons attorney.
Sentencing was held last week in Ripley County Circuit Court where
one of the victims, a 16-year-old, read a letter in open court.
She tearfully explained how her life was forever changed because
of the defendants actions.
Detective Tracy Rohlfing of the Indiana State Police investigated
both of the crimes that Wilson pled guilty to. The detective began
the investigation in April of 2010, when he was initially called
to Childrens Hospital in Cincinnati where one of the victims
was being treated.
There are times that the criminal justice system does not
work quickly enough to provide the needed closure for victims,
especially with this sort of crime, noted Prosecutor Hertel.
That was not the case here. He said that the guilty plea and sentencing
should provide some sense of closure in trying to move forward
in this particular case. Both the prosecutor and Det. Rohlfing
agreed the victims lives were changed forever as a result
of Wilsons actions. They agreed, The pieces of these
girls lives will have to be slowly put back together, but
the scars will always be there.
Officials from the Indiana State Police along with the Ripley
County Prosecutors Office said they enjoyed a close working
relationship with Childrens Hospital in Cincinnati in this
case. Without the doctors, nurses and social workers
efforts at that institution, many criminal acts would be unpunished,
concluded Prosecutor Hertel.