Registered sex offender found guilty of holding a woman hostage in Summit County

Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 11:17 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2021 at 11:23 AM EDT
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SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - A registered sex offender pleaded guilty Monday morning to kidnapping a woman and holding her hostage in the basement of his Coventry Township home.

John Lent pleaded guilty in Summit County Court of Common Pleas to the charges of sexual battery and abduction.

Convicted of sexual battery and kidnapping.
Convicted of sexual battery and kidnapping.((Source: Summit County Sheriff))

Lent was arrested by Summit County Sheriff deputies on Oct. 13, 2020.

Summit County Sheriff Inspector William Holland said deputies responded to the home on Swartz Road after receiving two 911 calls regarding a woman being held hostage.

“The deputy asked if there were any females in the residence and the man said no. At that point the deputy announced himself and said Sheriff’s Office, he heard a female’s voice screaming for help -- coming from the basement. Shortly thereafter a female came running up the stairs of the basement with a man chasing her trying to pull her back into the basement. At that point the deputy responded,” Inspector Holland said.

Deputies rescued the 39-year-old woman and EMS transported her to Akron General Medical Center.

Holland said the woman had somehow managed to text a friend who called 911.

19 News learned Lent was just released from prison in August of 2020 and is a registered sex offender with a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1984.

Lent faces up to eight years in prison when he is sentenced for the Coventry Township kidnapping; however, no sentencing date has been scheduled.

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