Fremont man charged with 48 counts of rape

PORT CLINTON A Fremont man accused of molesting a young girl in the early 1980s was indicted by an O
May 24, 2010



A Fremont man accused of molesting a young girl in the early 1980s was indicted by an Ottawa County grand jury Thursday on48 counts of rape.

Clayton Russell, 70, 500 block of Oaklawn Ave., is being held without bond at the Ottawa County jail.

His initial appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today at the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.

The victim, now 30, told Oak Harbor police in late August and mid-September that she was sexually assaulted from age 5 to 13, beginning in January 1982, according to court records.

Russell told the girl, "This is our secret. Don't tell anyone what we do," reports said.

The girl's grandfather reported the abuse to Ottawa County Job and Family Services in 1985, police said.

Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan said no charges were filed, and he does not know why.

Mulligan said Russell can be charged now because "the evidence is better today thanit was then."

Mulligan declined to say more about the evidence.

According to court records, Clayton told a Fremont nursing home administrator he had molested the woman when she was a child.

While police read him his Miranda rights, Russell admitted to raping the girl but asked police whether there was a statute of limitations, reports show.

Police told him the statute of limitations is 20 years from the time the juvenile reaches18 years old.

Mulligan said in 1985 the statute of limitations was six years after the offense was reported; however, Russell left Ohio in 1985 for Florida, which voided the original statute of limitations.

Clayton said he did everything the police told him, including leaving the state and going tocounseling, the reports said.

"I don't know if it's true or not, but I suspect that it is not true," Mulligan said.

According to the reports, Russell inappropriately touched the girl in the mornings after her mother left for work and before she left for school.