Rapist Nathan Ford finally sentenced

A decade after Nathan Ford started attacking women in the Cleveland area, his victims can finally see him behind bars. This summer, Ford pleaded no contest to multiple felony counts for raping at last eight women, including a 13-year-old girl and a 55-year-old schoolteacher ("Screams in the Dark," September 26). But his sentencing was delayed for months while he underwent brain scans. His lawyer argued that Ford suffered from dementia, and should be institutionalized. (Newsflash: The serial rapist is crazy!) But Common Pleas Judge Eileen Gallagher wasn't buying. Last week, she labeled Ford a sexual predator and sentenced him to prison for at least 138 years. "The damage that he has caused in so many women's lives is beyond understandable," says Melanie GiaMaria, a social worker who counseled some of Ford's victims. "I'm glad that he will never see the outside of prison walls." --Lisa Rab

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