Man convicted for string of rapes gets 20 years

By Dan Wells - bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The man involved in a string of rapes and crimes in Winton Terrace will spend 20 years in prison, when he once faced more than 100 years.

Anwar Pugh, 26, made a plea deal Wednesday with prosecutors where he admitted his guilt to a fraction of his original charges.

The crimes took place from 2004-2007. Pugh was initially charged with 45 crimes including rape, robbery, attempted rape, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and burglary. He was arrested in June of 2007 after a break-in where he sexually assaulted a woman.

That victim says Pugh's punishment is not enough.

"For as many charges as he had and the stuff he did to women and knowing that people's children were there, as well as mine, I think that he should not be on the streets," she said. She wanted to keep her identity concealed.

During the interview, the woman was clearly shaken, upset, hands clenched, and frustrated with a legal system she thought was supposed to protect her and 12 other violated women.

"Its crazy you can give a drug dealer 20 years but then you turn around and give a rapist 20 years," she said. "I think that it was crap. I think they could have gotten more time than they gave 20 years my daughter will be 27 so who's to say he wouldn't do it to her."

Now, if Pugh would have been convicted on all of the 45 charges he initially faced, he could have faced more than 100 years behind bars.

Pugh gets credit for timed served, about a year off his 20 year sentence. He'll be 45 when his time in prison is up, and he'll have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.