Man gets 5 years in prison for raping 12-year-old girl

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 July 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A 21-year-old Albion man was sentenced to five years in state prison for having sex with a 12-year-old girl.

Nathaniel D. Bentley, 21, of 315 Caroline St., Albion pleaded guilty to second-degree rape in May. County Court Judge James Punch today sentenced him to prison.

Bentley told the judge he thought the girl was 16. Bentley apologized to the girl’s family.

“I had no intention of hurting this girl,” Bentley told Punch.

The girl’s father said Bentley caused emotional, mental and physical harm to the victim.

“What he has done is completely wrong,” the father said.

Punch said he didn’t believe Bentley thought the girl was 16 during their relationship.

“You groomed her, you victimized her and you continued to victimize her,” Punch told Bentley, who also faces 10 years of post supervision and must pay $1,000 to register as a sex offender.

In other cases, Punch sentenced a 32-year-old Medina man to 2 to 4 years in state prison. Ronald Bonk of 142 North Gravel Rd. faced charges of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.

Bonk’s car broke down along East Lee Road in Albion on Aug. 24, 2012. He entered a home for a drink of water but allegedly took a credit card, air compressor and power washer.

“You are a criminal,” Punch told Bonk. “You will hurt someone if you can. You will steal their property if you can.”

A Holley man with his second DWI will face no more than six months in jail and five years probation, according to a plea offer being considered by Judge Punch.

Daniel Weatherbee, 32, of 16562 Route 31, Holley, was charged with DWI on May 11 after he was stopped on North Main Street in Holley. He was also charged with DWI on Jan. 25, 2011 in Hamlin.

Weatherbee’s Blood Alcohol Content was 0.18 when he was charged by Holley police on May 11. Punch will sentence Weatherbee on Sept. 23.