Clark County defendant in rape case involving a child is sentenced to life in prison

Clark County defendant in rape case involving a child is sentenced to life in prison
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SPRINGFIELD — A 36-year-old man convicted of rape involving a child was sentenced this week to life in prison.

Nicholas Larson was sentenced Thursday in Clark County Common Pleas Court. He pleaded guilty June 19 to one court of rape, according to court records.

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The charge involved a victim under age 13, according to court records.

That victim read a statement in court against Larson, county Prosecutor Dan Driscoll said in a social media post about the case.

Driscoll also is crediting Springfield Police Division Detective Justin Massie, who with a forensic interviewer spoke with the victim at Springfield Regional Medical Center on April 11.

The detective then located and questioned Larson, who claimed not to remember the acts he was accused of committing.

Criminalists with the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation analyzed DNA evidence, which further proved Larson’s guilt, according to the prosecutor’s office.