Marietta man gets 10 years

MARIETTA — The next 10 years will be behind bars for a Marietta registered sex offender.

Ryan Andrew Davis, 36, of 207 Virginia St., pleaded guilty this week to multiple felonies and a misdemeanor, wrapping up an extensive case of intrusion into women’s restrooms where he would gratify himself sexually.

Assistant Prosecutor Alison Cauthorn said Davis took a plea deal Thursday following negotiations in a final pre-trial and was sentenced to a cumulative 10 years in prison.

He pleaded guilty to:

• Burglary, a second-degree felony.

• Intimidation of an attorney, victim or witness, a third-degree felony.

• Trespassing in a habitation, a fourth-degree felony.

• Assault, a fifth-degree felony.

• Voyeurism, a third-degree misdemeanor.

Davis was accused of not only hiding in a women’s restroom stall at the Lafayette Hotel on Dec. 17 but also on Jan. 9 in the Marietta City Water Department offices on Putnam Street.

He was convicted on similar charges in 2010 for watching women in a bathroom in the Washington County Courthouse and was charged in 2015 with hiding in a women’s bathroom in the dining hall at Marietta College.

“At the Lafayette, he was standing on the toilet so that his feet weren’t visible beyond the stall door,” explained Cauthorn. “The other trespassing is for when he was hiding in the women’s bathroom in the city building. Then the intimidation and assault are for his actions in the jail.”

Davis’s arrest in January initially landed him in prison on a post-release control violation for the 2015 conviction. But then he was transferred to the Washington County Jail after being indicted in March.

“This is not the first time he did this,” said Cauthorn noting that in court Thursday Davis apologized to Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi for his actions.

Sgt. Ryan Huffman, of the Marietta Police Department, said Thursday that he was pleased with the sentence.

“It was a case that had several women (shaken) up over his actions,” he noted. “(I’m) glad it turned out well.”

Davis was ordered to serve consecutively six years on the second-degree felony, two years on the third-degree felony, 18 months on the fourth-degree felony, six months on the fifth-degree felony and his misdemeanor jail time to run concurrently to the other sentences.

He was also awarded 154 days of credit for time incarcerated prior to sentencing.