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Wheeling man sentenced to life for rape of child

A Wheeling man was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of the rape of a minor in Belmont County on Tuesday. Christianson Hill, 32, was sentenced before Judge Frank Fregiato on Tuesday morning.

A Wheeling man was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of the rape of a minor in Belmont County on Tuesday.

Christianson Hill, 32, was sentenced before Judge Frank Fregiato on Tuesday morning.

Many of the details in this case are too graphic to report. The victim, 12-years-old at the time the report was filed, said Hill threatened her family if she confided in anyone about the crimes.

Several agencies were involved in the investigation, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation matched DNA from Hill with the victim.

"This is the rape of a child,” Belmont County Prosecutor Dan Fry said. β€œIt had been going on for probably a 2-year period of time, and finally, the victim got enough courage to disclose what had happened."

"The victim also advised that Mr. Hill told her that he would kill her and hurt her mother and brother if she ever told," Fregiato said.

"We hope and pray for the recovery of the victim through counseling and therapy and that she can recover after being traumatized by the defendant in this horrendous crime," said Mike Kovalyk of the Bellaire Police Department.

Hill was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility for parole after 10 years.

He is also designated as a Tier 3 sex offender.

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