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Army sergeant accused of rape hires attorney

Sandusky Register Staff • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM


A U.S. Army Reserve sergeant accused of raping a subordinate at a Milan Township facility last week has hired an attorney and isn't likely to talk to investigators, according to Erie County deputies.

Deputies had hoped to interview the sergeant, but now it's probably not going to happen, Erie County Sheriff's Sgt. Nick Kotsopoulos said.

"I don't think his lawyer is going to let him talk," Kotsopoulos said. "We'll see."

The alleged victim's boyfriend called police from their Lorain home last week, after he arrived home to find the woman crying. When Erie County deputies interviewed the woman, she denied the rape ever happened.

So far, in fact, the woman's boyfriend is the only who has leveled allegations. He said his girlfriend was raped March 3 after a training exercise at the U.S. Army Reserve Center on Mason Road.

During the boyfriend's call to Lorain police, dispatchers heard the woman crying in the background and they tried to get her to talk, but she wouldn't.

When they sent an ambulance and police officer to the home, the woman drove off.

She later called police back and said she did not want anyone to investigate the incident.

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