Ohio man pleads guilty to trying to rape 5-year-old girl
WJW / Summit County

By Jen Steer, WJW

AKRON, Ohio (WJW) -- A Uniontown man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for trying to rape a 5-year-old girl.

Sage Smerk, 19, pleaded guilty to attempted rape, felonious assault and failure to comply.

The Summit County Prosecutor’s Office said the incident involving Smerk and the young girl he was babysitting happened in October.

He also left the girl home alone and led officers on a chase when they tried to pull him over. During the pursuit, Smerk fired an air pistol out the window and ran several intersections, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

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