Ohio

Court dismisses appeal over sex abuse of adopted Ohio girls

A court has dismissed an appeal by a former Ohio National Guardsman sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing three adopted daughters.

An attorney for the 43-year-old Marysville man argued evidence didn't support the conviction, the man had ineffective legal counsel and the child witnesses recanted their accounts at some point.

The man denied abusing the girls. His wife testified she never saw signs of such abuse. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison for intimidation and obstructing justice.

The appeals court ruling issued last month dismissed the man's appeal because the case wasn't fully resolved at the county level, as the jury deadlocked on one charge that hadn't yet been retried or dismissed.

The Associated Press isn't naming the couple to protect the children's identities.