A Dodge City man will serve more than 18 years in prison for attempting to rape an underage female relative.


     A Dodge City man will serve more than 18 years in prison for attempting to rape an underage female relative.
    John Solomon could see a 15 percent reduction in his sentence for good behavior in prison. He will also receive credit for spending nearly a year in the Ford County Jail while awaiting trial.
After he gets out of prison, he will spend the rest of his life on post-release supervision.
     Before the sentence was imposed, Solomon told District Judge Leigh Hood that he had spent more than 12 years in the military, including stints in the U.S. Navy and Army.
    "The only thing I would ask is that you take my military career into account for sentencing," Solomon said.
     Solomon was charged with attempting to rape his relative sometime between Jan. 1, 2009, and Sept. 20, 2010, according to Deputy Ford County Attorney David Belling. Solomon was also accused of fondling and having sex with the victim when she was 14 or 15.
     He pleaded no contest on July 18, 2011, to one count of attempted rape and two counts of aggravated indecent liberties.
     The victim said Friday that Solomon had changed her life and damaged her family.
     "I don't understand why you did this to me," she said.
     The victim said she kept the abuse a secret because she feared that Solomon would hurt her if she told anyone, but she eventually came forward to keep him from harming her younger sister. She also thanked her family and friends for helping her deal with the trauma.
     The Globe does not normally publish the names of sexual-assault victims.

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