Days before his trial was set to begin on sexual assault charges, a Liberty Township businessman reached a plea deal with prosecutors.
William F. O’ Leary, 43, pleaded guilty Thursday in Warren County Common Pleas Court to felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony.
He will also be required to register as a Tier I sexual offender. Tier I offenders are required to report to their local sheriff’s office in person once a year for 15 years.
Prosecutors agreed to drop four first-degree felony counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said O’Leary raped a woman both vaginally and anally with “some type of object” near her Mason home in July 2012.
The woman, an acquaintance of O’Leary who lived in Mason at the time, was hospitalized and underwent extensive surgeries, he said.
“The type of injuries she suffered were some of the most severe we’ve ever seen with a sexual assault,” said Fornshell.
In court documents, O’Leary’s attorneys claim he and the victim — both of whom were married at the time — had an ongoing six-year affair.
Both were intoxicated on the night of the incident and neither fully remember what transpired, said attorney Stephan Madden.
“Something happened to this woman, no doubt about that,” he said. “(O’Leary) has accepted responsibility for the fact that something happened to her while they were out at some point.
Madden said that while he believed the case to be a “winnable” one, the threat of 18 years in prison weighed heavily on his client, a father of three.
“He’s an intelligent man and loves his kids. At the end, he just weighed everything and made a decision,” he said.
O’Leary faces more than nine years on the charges when he is sentenced on Jan. 6. He remains free on a $50,000 bond and must wear an ankle bracelet.