19-Year-Old Sleepwalking Rapist Heading to Prison for 18 Years for Raping Young Girl

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UNION COUNTY, OH – A man who said he was sleepwalking when he raped a 14-year-old girl, covering her mouth and strangling her is going to jail for a very long time.  He said he was sleep walking.  Nobody believed his defense.
“Brutal,” was how Union County Judge Don Fraser described the crime as he sentenced a 19-year old man to an indefinite term of 18-23 years in prison for the forcible rape of a 14-year old girl.
Jaden Michael Thomas Darst-Mullins pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and kidnapping arising out of the September 2019 incident. Judge Fraser imposed a sentence of 8 years in prison for the kidnapping to run consecutive to an indefinite term of 10-15 years for the two rape charges.
At sentencing, Union County assistant prosecutor Andrew Bigler argued that the facts and circumstances surrounding the offenses amounted to some of the most serious forms of the offense, considering the kidnapping involved a weapon placed on the victim’s throat, and the rape involved physically covering her mouth and strangling her with her with his hands and her own purse strap to keep her from shouting out. The crime became known after the victim disclosed the assault to a friend who notified authorities.
Darst-Mullins attempted to explain his actions by saying he felt like he was sleepwalking and claimed he was in a dream state when he committed the crime.
After filing a plea of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity, Darst-Mullins was evaluated by two mental health professionals, each of whom agreed that Darst-Mullins did not suffer from a mental defect and was capable of knowing the wrongfulness of his actions.
He will have to register as a sex offender every 90 days for the remainder of his life. The case was investigated by the Marysville Division of Police.

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