October 2, 2019
Cameron Knight, Kevin Grasha


Harold White, convicted of raping and torturing 4 and 7 year old sisters in 2013, was given to two consecutive life sentences plus 57 years in prison on Wednesday.

During the sentencing hearing in front of Judge Patrick Dinkelacker, prosecutors read a letter from one of the girls.

"Harold, do you want to know how much pain you have caused for my sister and I?" the letter said. "I always see your face and you are always the bad guy in all my dreams."

The girl said what White did made her not care about life. She said she no longer cries when she see things that are sad.

"You made me feel like I was worthless," the girl wrote.

Prosecutors said the 59-year-old White sexually, emotionally and physically abused two young girls over a period of six months in 2013.

Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Deering said the girls endured “six months in hell.”

White forced the girls to engage in a sex act with each other. If they didn’t comply, “he’d hit us,” one of the girls testified.

Prosecutors said White sexually assaulted the 4-year-old inside an enclosed storage space in the basement of a rented Silverton home.

As a form of punishment, according to testimony, White would force the girls to stand outside in the cold, while naked, for extended periods of time.

One of the girls testified that White tied them to a tree with rope and put duct tape over their mouths “so we couldn’t yell.”

The girls were living with White while their mother was incarcerated. Once their mother was released, they left the home.

A Hamilton County jury found him guilty of 23 counts – including rape, gross sexual imposition and child endanger – on Sept. 5.

White maintained his innocence and argued with the judge on Wednesday. He said if all these things happened, why didn't his wife or son report him.

"What about me being a victim?" White asked the judge. "I didn't do anything to those little kids... Those kids have been abused from day one."

White said during the pre-sentence investigation that his case was "bulls****," and added that he would be appealing the convicition, something his lawyer confirmed.

Dinklelacker told White he was heartless and showed no concern for the well being of the children.

"It doesn't matter to me what you say," White told Dinkelacker. "I don't give a damn."

The grandmother of the victims cried outside the courtroom after the hearing.

"He deserves it," she told The Enquirer. "I'm just hoping the kids can get past this some day."



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