Richard James Frederick Jr., 25, of Cuyahoga Falls, was sentenced to life in prison after he pleaded guilty Dec. 3 to rape, a first-degree felony, and gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony.

Frederick repeatedly raped a 5-year-old female between January and May of this year, according to a Dec. 3 press release from Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. His trial would have started this past week.

Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands immediately sentenced Frederick to life in prison, the release said. He will be eligible for parole in 2037.

"He decided he was not going to put his family through a trial, and he was going to accept the responsibility and consequences for what he did," said Frederick's attorney, Scott Rilley. "He cooperated with the police early on there wasn't very much he didn't tell them."

The state never intended to have the victim testify in court, according to Rilley. Prosecutors had the victim's statement to hospital personnel, he said, as well as Frederick's admissions to police.

"It was never an issue that the child would take the stand," Rilley said. "It was more an issue of rehashing everything in an open forum."

Rilley said the sentence is "not the best," but had Frederick been tried and convicted, the court had the option of giving him life without parole.

Cuyahoga Falls police arrested Frederick June 8 after interviewing him at the police station, Police Capt. Jack Davis told the Falls News-Press at that time. The arrest followed an investigation into the reported rape of a victim under the age of 13, according to the police department's Facebook page.

At the time of the arrest, police said Frederick was living in Streetsboro. Rilley said Frederick had been living in Cuyahoga Falls until the allegations surfaced, at which time he moved.

The case was bound over to a Summit County grand jury on June 13.