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Man accused in murder-for-hire plot found guilty of raping girl

Posted: 4:13 PM, May 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-14 23:54:34Z

BATAVIA, Ohio — Victims should "stand up for what's right, even if you're standing alone," a girl said Tuesday after the man who sexually abused her as a young child was convicted on seven of 11 charges, including four counts of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition.

"I feel a whole lot stronger," the victim — WCPO is not publicizing her identity — said after Joseph Addison was convicted. "I finally got people to hear my voice, to hear my side of it."

Police previously said the crimes occurred between 2013 and 2017. Jurors deliberated for about six hours before returning the verdict.

Addison is also accused of attempting to hire a fellow inmate to kill the girl and other witnesses.

Last year, authorities said Addison attempted to hire another inmate to kill the girl, who was 11 years old at the time. He also wanted the inmate to kill the girl's guardian and three other witnesses, Clermont County Sheriff Steve Leahy said then.

A grand jury indicted Addison on one count of conspiracy to commit murder and give counts of attempted aggravated murder after the inmate told corrections officers that Addison had approached him about the murder-for-hire plan, authorities said.

Because the victim was under 10 years old at the time of the rape, Addison faces life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for July 1.

"He's finally gone," the victim said. "I don't have to worry. I can be happy."

A trial date in the second case has not yet been scheduled.