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Student's class essay about being raped sends man to prison

Her writing assignment about overcoming obstacles leads to conviction of Ohio man in rapes of girl and her two sisters.

FREMONT, Ohio — A high school student’s writing assignment about overcoming obstacles in her life led to a man pleading guilty to raping her and two sisters years ago, authorities said.

Detectives in Sandusky County began investigating after school officials from Vanguard Tech Center alerted children services and the sheriff’s office about the essay.

“She had disclosed that she had been sexually abused as a child,” said sheriff Det. Sgt. Kenneth Arp.

Image: Anthony Knight
Anthony Knight was sentenced to 20 years for raping three sisters when they were as young as 7 years old.Sandusky County Sheriff's Office

A county judge sentenced 43-year-old Anthony Knight to 20 years in prison Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of rape. A message seeking comment was left with Knight’s attorney.

The three sisters said they were reluctant to come forward initially because they had not reported it in the past, but they all discussed being raped and reported different forms of abuse, Arp said. The youngest was 7 when she was first sexually abused, he said.

The siblings’ statements to detectives corroborated information authorities had gathered in other interviews, he said.

“This happened years ago,” Arp said, adding that the three sisters showed a lot of courage coming forward.

Authorities credited the school with quickly alerting them to the allegations in the essay. The school’s superintendent declined to comment because he wanted to protect the student.