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Parole Board recommends parole for Butler County man who raped his son in 1994 (Ohio Department of Corrections)

Butler County, Ohio man who repeatedly raped his toddler son will be paroled

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By: WKRC

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) - A Butler County man who repeatedly raped his 22-month-old son will soon be out of prison. The Ohio Parole Board decided to parole Mark Sprague on Jan. 25.

Sprague was convicted of raping his son in 1994, after pleading no contest.

Christopher Sprague died. His mother, Della Sprague admitted to hitting him on the back due to his frequent coughing spells. An autopsy showed Christopher suffered an artery tear. Dell pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. She is already out of prison.

During the autopsy, the damage done by the rapes was also revealed, leading to Sprague's conviction.

A Butler County parole board recently recommended his release, saying he has completed programming to help manage his risk to the community.

Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser says he believes Sprague is still a high risk. An assistant to the Butler County prosecutor even told the parole board that a psychiatrist says Sprague is likely to reoffend if around young children.

At least 2,400 people agreed with Gmoser. They signed a petition against Sprague's release.

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Ultimately, parole board members in Columbus disagreed.

Sprague will eventually be released to a halfway house in Cincinnati or Columbus.

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