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Belmont County Man Sentenced for Sex Crimes, Says He "Hated Himself for What He Did"

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A Belmont County man facing a number of child sex charges was sentenced on Thursday morning.

Judge Solovan sentenced Ryker Hill to four years and six months behind bars at the Correctional Reception Center. He must also register as a tier two sex offender for 25 years, with personal verification every 180 days.

Hill plead guilty to those charges back in August, after some had been dismissed in a plea agreement. Authorities say Hill was applying to the Ohio State Police Academy in October of 2012. Officials say they were giving him a polygraph test when he broke down and confessed to molesting children.

Hill said in a statement that he "hated himself for what he had done," and did not regret admitting to the crimes, saying "he couldn't live with it anymore." Hill went on to say, "I don't deserve my family. I've never gone a week without a visit or money or a letter. I want to take ownership of what I did. When you do wrong you have to make up for it in some way. I will do something in my life to help somebody"

He asked the judge to "give him the opportunity to prove himself, to make his family and friends proud when he helps someone else one day."

(Related story, August 2, 2013: Plea Deal Made in Case of Belmont County Man Accused of Child Sex Crimes)

Hill's attorney said he "never had a client who he believed to be more genuinely remorseful than Ryker." He noted Hill had "100 percent remorse or else he wouldn't have stayed to take the test and lie detector test."

The prosecution, meanwhile, said in a statement that they believed a five-year sentence was appropriate in the case. The maximum Hill could have faced was 11 years in prison. The prosecution noted that Hill had turned himself in.