Parole Board Releases Man Sentenced To Life For Raping Toddler

The Ohio Parole Authority released a sex offender who raped his toddler despite concerns he was likely to do it again.

Columbus, OH – A child rapist sentenced to three life sentences has now been paroled.

Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Lindsey Sheehan had urged the parole board not to release 54-year-old Mark Sprague at a hearing in January.

“He is at a huge risk to commit another sexually oriented offense," Sheehan told the members of the parole board.

"We couldn’t protect Christopher in 1994 but we can protect the children in this community in 2018," he added.

“I represent the victim in this case. I represent the state of Ohio, frankly, in the technical sense, and I’m the voice of this young person that was so viciously abused by a person who is beyond redemption,” Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser told KUTV.

“Now the Parole Authority said, 'Well, he’s not planning to have more children.' He’s being released with a hope and a prayer that he doesn’t have more children,” Gmoser explained.

Sprague pleaded guilty to the rape and felonious sexual penetration of his 22-month-old son 23 years ago.

Sprague’s crimes were discovered when the toddler’s mother, Della Sprague, struck him hard enough to cause a vein to rip near his heart, killing him.

“This child died at 22 months,” Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser told WKRC. “He was not alive to express his objections to what happened to him. His tears, his crying, is what probably caused his death by his mother. Because what would you expect to have with rectal tearing in a child still in diapers.”

Despite Sheehan’s warning that Sprague was an “impulse sex offender” who was likely to reoffend, the Ohio Parole Board voted to release the sex offender on Oct. 1.

During the parole board hearing, both of Sprague’s sisters appeared and told the board that while they wanted to help, their brother could not come live with them in Kentucky.

Despite the lack of family supervision, the parole board ruled he could be paroled to a halfway house in Columbus, or one in Cincinnati, where he committed his crimes, WKRC reported. He cannot be around children, and he must register as a sex offender, the board ruled.

WKRC reported the 2,500 people had signed a petition that asked the parole board not to release the child rapist.

Christopher’s mother, Della Sprague, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges in 1995, KUTV reported. She claimed that she accidentally killed the toddler when she was hitting his back because he was coughing.

Della Sprague has since been released from prison.

Her husband was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole in 10 years.

Gmoser said he considered Sprague an accessory to the toddler’s death.

"The child probably was crying as a result of the sex - the deviant sexual misconduct," Gmoser told WCPO. "What would you expect from a 22-month old child having been assaulted in that manner? Of course he's going to be crying continuously, and the mother stopped it lethally."

During the hearing, Sheehan pointed to the flimsy excuse Sprague offered the court for raping his baby boy.

“I was thinking about having sex, and my wife wasn’t there. So I guess I just see my son sleeping there. I didn’t understand why. Just before I knew it, something happened,” Sheehan quoted Sprague as having told investigators.

But the parole board disagreed and said Sprague had “served a sufficient portion of his sentence, has completed institutional programming to abate his risk to reoffend and has been maintaining an acceptable institutional adjustment,” KUTV reported.

Sprague completed two sex offender programs and a substance abuse program while he was in prison, WKRC reported. His release on Oct. 1 was a result of his second attempt to get parole.

Comments (45)
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lrogers664
lrogers664

I can think of a way to prevent him from reproducing...

JBo
JBo

The friggin' parole system in Ohio is broken! Everything from this point on with this guy is on the parole board. He rapes his baby and then mama kills him. WOW!

ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

Sprague's testicles and penis should be sent to the Ohio Parole board.

Marxest
Marxest

This makes me beyond sick...

nadkram
nadkram

Why is he still alive??

Skidoo
Skidoo

The parole board just gave the green light to child rapists everywhere. Every pedophile hiding in a dark alley all the way to the Vatican will celebrate this ruling.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

Parole boards are usually appointed by the Governor. You need to start there.

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

If he does it again, each and every parole board member should be held as an accessory in any future crimes as well as any doctor that vouches.

Budman
Budman

Makes me want to vomit!!

hangemhigh
hangemhigh

Cutting off the sex organs of a sex offender is futile. Only cutting off the head will stop them from reoffending. They used to hang rapists and murderers many years ago, usually in at least a year or so after they were caught. It would seem that with a World population of 6 billion plus and rapidly increasing, we could eliminate all criminals and still have enough people left over to run a more or less civilized society.

Enough already
Enough already

The fact that the baby's parents are still breathing is an injustice.

amtexas
amtexas

I know right you think somebody in prison would have killed him

Mrs10
Mrs10

So they think he won't re-offend because of his age?! I know of a case of a man who was a serial assaulter who went decades between offenses and was deemed "too old" to be a threat by most around him. He's now in his 80s and going to prison soon because people let their guard down and he assaulted a very young girl (again). Sexual offenders don't stop and they don't "age out."

Zapcerk
Zapcerk

His own son...as if that act with a child is not bad enough...your own flesh and blood...he should have been executed!!

angeleyes
angeleyes

OMG I felt sick reading this, couldn't even finish reading it. That poor baby was going to have hell on earth so glad he was taken before any more horror could happen to him. Life doesn't always mean life people. The lives of children have little value in this country, look at the sentence the mother got, look at his and many, many others get lighter sentences for crimes against children than for crimes against adults. I do not understand this world where such evil even exists, let alone flourishes.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

First the patrol board needs to run slap out of the country. They will have to answer for what they did. Next the sex offender will walk through the streets of hell and I hope it burns him every day!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I'm not sure how justice was served. The mother, who killed the baby, is back walking the streets, while the father, who sexually assaulted a baby, is free to do it again. You cannot rehabilitate a sex offender. It doesn't happen. This guy will do it again. The only way to stop him is to take him on a one-way trip to the middle of the Everglades.

chiefd
chiefd

I have to wonder where they pick these parole board members? Do they look at the member's backgrounds, if they ever served on a jury for criminal acts? SMH

shirleybaird1
shirleybaird1

He should of been castrated, before he was set free.

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

They should both get a bullet. What ever happened to prison justice? How did he survive there that long?

Mad mom
Mad mom

This sickens me to see this piece of shit out walking the streets free to rape more innocent children. Wtf is wrong with the morons that realeased him maybe just maybe the next child he rapes will be one of the parole board members kid and then maybe they would think differently about setting another rapist free this really sickens me. This baby laying there asleep and he rapes this baby then the mother kills him for crying after being raped smh this monster should be tied down and broom stick shoved up his ass over and over again until his insides rot from bleeding. And the piece of shit so called mother walking free on the streets as if she is so innocent really? She should be done the same way and knocked in the head as hard as she hit that baby. One thing for sure is that innoncent baby boy is a angel and being protected by the almighty. I hope these trash people burn in hell for what they did and the parole board needs to be fired it will happen again you CANNOT rehabilitate a sexual predator I'm in disbelief and wow state of Ohio.

Dale Torrey
Dale Torrey

Unbelievable. I'm seriously sick to my stomach that this type of filth has been released to prey on more innocents. Make thisnparole board take turns living with this garbage to supervise him 24 hours a.day.

Dale Torrey
Dale Torrey

Furthermore if a brother of mine had committed an offense like this I would have told the parole board that I no longer had a brother, that he had died the instant he raped a child.

Karenllanglois
Karenllanglois

Neither one of them should ever have been released from prison. THe mother actually murdered him. How could you hit a 22 month old that hard? They should have gotten the death penalty. We have to take better care of our children in this country.

LSJ
LSJ

Send parolees to live with the parole board members. Or make the parole board serve whatever time the offender get when the offender re-offends.

SigBussey
SigBussey

Just give pedophiles the death sentence. No use wasting our tax dollars.

Ilovemykids
Ilovemykids

I don't understand how anyone could let him out of prison ever. He will reoffend with someone else's child, then maybe kill that child so he does not get busted. What a sick mother f----r. 3 life sentences and he already gets out. Someone needs to do something about this, the courts are corrupt in this case. The so called mother should never have gotten out of jail either. They should both rot in prison until the day they die.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn and @Burgers Allday - I noticed neither of you commented on this article. I guess even you two weren't able to come up with a reason for defending the decision made on this one.

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

PUT ALL THE DAMN PAROLE BASTARDS IN PRISON SO THAT THEY CAN BE RAPED DAILY FOR RELEASING THIS DEVIL OF A PERSON BACK OUT ON THE STREETS TO RAPE AGAIN.