GALLIPOLIS — As Gallia County Prosecutor Jason Holdren said, the story of a daycare run by a wife and a former firefighter where children are exploited sexually, sounds like something to come from a horror movie or nightmare.However, that same story unfolded into reality in the small southeast Ohio town of Rio Grande over the course of May 1, 2016 to April 12, 2017, according to Gallia Court of Common Pleas discussion in mid-May this year. Rio Grande resident, Matthew Case, 43, pleaded guilty to the rape of seven girls between the ages of 3 and 7 in that court proceeding. Case was sentenced Thursday to 180 years in a state prison for 10 counts of first-degree rape and six counts of the third-degree felony crime of gross sexual imposition.
According to Ohio BCI Agent Larry McCoy, the Case family ran a daycare for at least three years with its latest group of children. Holdren believes potentially 16 children, at least, were abused by Case. Case’s sentence stipulates he will serve 180 years before being considered for parole. For the rapes, he would serve 15 years to life each and 60 months per sexual imposition charge. The sentence was part of a plea arrangement, said Holdren.