UPDATE: Athens man sentenced to 20 years in kidnapping, abduction case

ATHENS, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 1/14/20 1:45 P.M.

An Athens man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted in Athens County Common Pleas Court on multiple charges, including kidnapping, abduction and domestic violence.

Neil M. Perin, 35, was arrested in May 2018 and later indicted after prosecutors said he assaulted his wife on several occasions, kidnapped their children - an infant, a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old - and took them to Cleveland.

The incident led to a statewide Amber Alert in Ohio.

According to Athens County Prosecuting Attorney Keller Blackburn's office, Judge George McCarthy convicted Perin of the following charges on Monday: two counts of felony domestic violence; two counts of felony abduction; felony disrupting public service; two felony counts of intimidation of an attorney, victim, or witness in a criminal case; two misdemeanor counts of intimidation of an attorney, victim, or witness in a criminal case; eight misdemeanor counts of endangering children and felony tampering with evidence.

In addition to the prison sentence, McCarthy classified Perin as a violent offender, meaning he will be required to register for 10 years after serving his sentence. He also will be subject to five years of post-release control.


UPDATE: 7/23/2018, 7:17 P.M.

On Monday, the Athens County Grand Jury indicted Neil Perin with two counts of intimidation of an attorney, victim or witness in a criminal case.

Prosecutors say Perin allegedly tried to get his wife to change her testimony so that she would be unable to testify against him at trial.

The new indictment includes the original charges of kidnapping, abduction and rape, after Perin and the three children were the subject of an Amber Alert.

Perin pleaded not guilty to those charges in May, 2018.

He's expected to be arraigned this week in Athens County Common Pleas Court.


UPDATE: 05/03/18 9:20 A.M.

An Athens man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to multiple felony charges, a week after he and three children were the subject of a statewide Amber Alert.

Neil M. Perin, 34, was indicted by an Athens County grand jury on Monday.

Perin is charged with two counts of domestic violence, two counts of abduction, disrupting public services, rape, three counts of kidnapping and receiving stolen property.

Perin’s bond was set at $2.5 million with no 10 percent allowed during his arraignment in Athens County Common Pleas Court.

A jury trial is scheduled for June 19.

Prosecutors allege that on April 24, Perin assaulted his wife and fled with three children - an infant, a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old - to the Cleveland area, where he was eventually arrested.

Authorities said the children were not harmed in the incident.

Before leaving Athens County, prosecutors say removed the license plate from a vehicle and put it on his vehicle in an attempt to make himself harder to find.

Prosecutors say he's facing a rape charge for allegedly forcing his wife to have sex on multiple occasions after she had been told by a doctor not to engage in sex. Authorities say she told them Perin had been abusing her over a period of time and would force her to stay in bed, not allowing her to care for the children.


An Athens man is indicted on multiple charges after prosecutors say he assaulted his wife on several occasions, kidnapped their children and took them to Cleveland.

On Monday, Neil Meccia Perin, 34, of Athens, Ohio, was indicted by the Athens County Grand Jury on one count of rape, two counts of domestic violence, two counts of abduction, three counts of kidnapping, and one count each of receiving stolen property and disrupting public services.

Prosecutors say on April 24, 2018, Perin assaulted his wife and then took their three children - an infant, a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old - left the home and fled to the Cleveland area.

Before leaving Athens County, Perin allegedly stole the license plate off of another vehicle and placed it on his vehicle in an attempt to make himself harder to locate.

According to prosecutors, Perin was charged with rape because he forced his wife to have sex with him on multiple occasions after she had been told by a doctor not to engage in sex.

Perin's wife also told deputies Perin had been abusing her over a period of time and would force her to stay in bed, not allowing her to care for the children.

Perin was eventually captured in the Cleveland area by a SWAT Team and U.S. Marshals.

The case was investigated by the Athens Police Department, the U.S. Marshalls, Shaker Heights SWAT, Columbus SWAT and the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office.



 
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