Rape, Kidnapping – 1st Degree Felony

Charges: Rape (1st degree felony – up to 10 years in prison) Kidnapping (1st degree felony – up to 10 years in prison) & Gross Sexual Imposition (4th degree felony – up top 18 months in prison)

Facts: 20 year old client was charged with multiple allegations of sexual assault after a 20 year old girl accused client of sexually assaulting her in the bathroom of a college Christmas party.

Jury Trial: On August 2, 2010, a 4 day jury trial began in this matter. During the trial, evidence was introduced that the alleged victim had voluntarily gone into the bathroom on separate occasions with several different men, including client. Additionally, both the alleged victim and her friend testified inconsistently at trial, calling into question their credibility. Finally, the forensic evidence introduced at trial did not support the alleged victim’s version of the events.

Verdict: The jury found client NOT GUILTY on the Rape charge and NOT GUILTY on the Kidnapping charge. The jury found client guilty on the charge of Gross Sexual Imposition. As many juries often do, it is assumed that the jury reached a compromised verdict after being unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the Rape and Kidnapping charges.

Nevertheless, the outcome can only be seen a victory for client!

April/2015 – Zanesville Court of Common Pleas – Life Spec. on Rape Charge Dismissed

The client was charged with raping a woman after she became intoxicated while drinking beer with the client on her birthday. The indictment contained a specification, which carried a possible term of life in prison. This was because the client had previously been convicted of Rape involving a young child and had also been convicted of Gross Sexual Imposition. Our law firm worked very hard in reviewing the discovery provided by the State, as well as hiring a private investigator to interview witnesses and conduct our own research and investigation. After working very hard for many months, we were able to obtain a plea to a charge of Rape with a recommended sentence of 7 years. The prosecuting attorney agreed to dismiss the life specification in exchange for a plea of guilty. This was a monumental result considering the terrible facts in the case and the possibility of life in prison.