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Man charged with raping disabled Norwalk woman

Emil Whitis • Jul 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Huron County deputies have arrested a Dayton man who allegedly raped a disabled woman Monday morning.

John McBride, 29, was charged with a single count of rape for the incident in a mobile home in the 5100 block of U.S. 250.

Deputies were dispatched to the Rustic Hills trailer park at about 1 a.m. where they met with the alleged victim, 19, and her mother. The victim told deputies her friend is McBride's girlfriend. The victim was able to positively identify her attacker, Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick said.

While the woman's mother drove her to the Nord Center in Lorain to undergo a medical evaluation, deputies drove to Ward Avenue in Norwalk, where they located and arrested McBride.

"They went right to the suspect's girlfriend's house and snatched him up," Patrick said. "That was pretty much it."

McBride had recently come up from Dayton to visit his girlfriend. When deputies  showed up, he confessed to raping the woman, Patrick said.

McBride allegedly told deputies he snuck into the victim's bedroom window and raped her. He then exited through the same window and returned to his girlfriend's home, Patrick said.

The alleged victim suffers from brain injuries she sustained in a car wreck a few years ago. McBride told deputies he was well aware of that fact.

Patrick said deputies booked McBride into the Huron County jail on Monday. He is held on $50,000 bond and scheduled for a hearing at 1 p.m. July 26 in Norwalk Municipal Court.

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