Akron foster home operator gets life for molesting boys in his care

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Akron foster home operator gets life for molesting boys in his care

AKRON, Ohio -- A 65-year-old Akron man was sentenced to life in prison for sexually molesting five boys living in his home in foster care.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tammy O'Brien sentenced Roger Ball, of Holly Avenue in Akron, to the life sentence, the maximum sentence allowed. He will be eligible for parole after serving 35 years.

Prosecutors said from 2007 until 2010, Ball sexually molested the five boys, who ranged in age at the time from five to 11.

"This was a truly horrific crime in which someone took advantage of his position and sexually abused young boys in his care -- boys who were already dealing with a multitude of issues," said Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. "I am very pleased that the judge ordered such a lengthy sentence that this defendant cannot apply for parole unless he lives to be at least 100."

On May 8, a jury found Ball guilty of rape, sexual battery and five counts of gross sexual imposition, felonies of the third degree.

Officials said Ball was a foster parent for many years before this abuse was discovered.

Anyone who believes their son may have been victimized by Ball should contact the Akron Police Department at (330) 375-2552.

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