Man gets 15 years to life in child rapes

WARREN — A Warren man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to seven felonies linked to the sexual assault of four children at a southwest Warren home in September 2016.

Dominique Seem, 19, of Parkman Road SW, appeared with public defender David Rouzzo before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew D. Logan. Seem pleaded guilty to four counts of rape, which each carry potential life sentences, one count of attempted rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition.

Logan labeled Seem a Tier 3 sexual offender, which requires the defendant to register his address every 90 days with the sheriff of the county where he lives if he is released from prison.

According to Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Diane Barber, the crimes occurred at Seem’s home and involved both male and female victims who at the time ranged in age from 2 to 9 years old. Seem’s plea headed off a trial in Logan’s courtroom that was scheduled to begin Feb. 20.

Rouzzo said his client was examined by two physicians, including one picked by the defense, who determined Seem was competent to stand trial. Court records show Logan ruled Seem competent to stand trial on Jan. 9.

Rouzzo said he advised his client to take the plea.

Barber said if the case would have went before a jury, the witness list would have included the two older victims, plus health care workers and Warren police officers.

Prior to sentencing, the defendant did not speak, and court officials said no representative of the victims had submitted any impact statements.