XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) - A Xenia man was sentenced to 40 years in prison on rape charges Friday.
The court room erupted in applause after a judge read the sentence for the 37-year-old Adams.
"For all the pain you caused everyone you deserve to be in jail away from the public," said one woman who Adams was accused of stealing from. "It's just a waste for working class people who have to pay for your sorry upkeep. Karma can't come soon enough for me and everyone else."
Prosecutors say Adams molested five girls, one as young as three.
"It was a very violent situation and it endured for many years," says Xenia Police Detective Fred Meadows.
In fact Xenia police say they investigated abuse allegations against Adams back in 2003.
2 NEWS wanted to know why he wasn't charged then.
"Couldn't make a case of it then for the age of the victims," Meadows says.
But authorities say earlier this year one victim decided to come forward and then so did the others.
"I'm proud of them," Meadows says. "They stood tall and came forward and very brave."
Adams didn't have anything to say in court, but we caught up with his lawyer afterward who says Adams maintains his innocence.
"There are several issues he intends to pursue on appeal and we'll take it from there," says Kate Bowling, Adams' attorney.
Adams was found guilty of rape by a jury in August and then pleaded no contest to charges of gross sexual imposition.
"We feel it's a just verdict and just sentence," says Greene County Assistant Prosecutor Nicole Burke.
Adams was also sentenced on a theft charge after pleading guilty to taking rings from a woman he worked for.
Trotwood-Madison school officials prepare for snow with their football team headed to Massillon for the state championship game.
Nine people are recovering after a collision sends a van careening into an apartment.
2 News was first to tell you about this crash that happened around nine last night along a busy stretch of State Route 42.
Clayton police are investigating a possible OVI crash.
Firefighters evacuated the Northmont High School auditorium Wednesday night after smoke filled the auditorium.
A Winter Storm Watch will take effect late Thursday night through late Friday night for most of the area.