Girl, 11, faces abuser in Akron court

Posted at 9:32 AM, Dec 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 09:32:22-05

An 11-year-old girl insisted on facing the man who sexually abused her as he was sentenced in a northeast Ohio courtroom.

A service dog was there to comfort the victim as she watched 40-year-old William Ensminger be sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday on three felony counts in Akron. The Cuyahoga Falls man pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition in the case.

Summit County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Dangelo called the child "a brave little girl."'s media partner the Akron Beacon Journal reports she handed a letter to a caseworker who read it aloud.

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Dangelo says the crimes occurred over a four-month span and the girl told officials at a child advocacy center that Ensminger had been molesting her.

Ensminger says he's hoping to get help for his problems.