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Woman unconscious before rape

Alex Green • Jul 6, 2014 at 7:31 AM


A woman told an Ottawa County sheriff's detective she was raped by her boss May 4 inside the popular island establishment where they both worked. 

The sheriff's office received the complaint after the incident was initially reported to the Put-in-Bay police by a trauma nurse at a Michigan hospital where the victim went for treatment after the alleged attack. 

The Put-in-Bay police report states the victim did not wish to pursue charges, but it's not clear how police obtained that information. 

Put-in-Bay police Chief Ric Lampela did not respond to a public records request for any additional reports — previous or subsequent — involving the same suspect identified by the woman. 

Chief Lampela also was asked about the conflicting information in the police report. He did not respond to the request. 

State law prohibits public officials from ignoring public records requests. 

Put-in-Bay police only spoke with the trauma nurse, according to a report filed May 5, immediately after the alleged attack. The report suggests, however, the victim told police she wasn't interested in seeking to have the suspect arrested. 

"When asked if she wanted to pursue charges she declined and said she did not want anyone to know because she was afraid she was going to lose her job," the police report states.

The woman no longer works at the establishment.

It's not clear whether the Put-in-Bay police ever talked with the alleged victim before filing the report.

Ottawa County Sheriff Stephen Levorchick said Thursday he could not talk about the investigation his office is conducting since it is ongoing. The sheriff's office often investigates rape cases on Put-in-Bay, he said.

But his detective is actively pursuing charges against the suspect, he said.

"I do not want to hinder the investigation of one of our detectives," Levorchick said. "Our job is to find out what truly happened, gather the evidence and document any true statements or facts pertaining to that criminal investigation."

Levorchick said the detective conducted interviews related to the investigation as recently as this week.

The initial Put-in-Bay police report states the woman told the trauma nurse she worked past midnight on May 3, into the early hours of May 4.

She went out for drinks with the suspect, but at some point lost consciousness. 

When she regained consciousness the suspect was on top of her. She told him "no" but he ignored her and raped her, the report states.

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