Police: Charges unlikely in alleged rape

Criminal charges appear unlikely in a weekend sex case, after the alleged victim on Monday told police she was too drunk to remember what happened, said Robb Parthemore, assistant chief at Perkins Police Department.
Tom Jackson
Dec 24, 2013
Perkins police were dispatched to an area near the Sandusky Speedway grandstands late Friday night in response to an alleged sexual assault.

They arrived to find three campers parked there, and they immediately interviewed the alleged victim and four witnesses.

Parthemore said the four witnesses were all taken into custody and interviewed, and they all said the sexual encounter was consensual.

The four included the victim’s female friend, the alleged assailant and two other males.

Three of the people involved were later charged with underage drinking.

Officers also met with the victim, a 21-year-old Parma woman who appeared to be intoxicated at the scene. She told police she went into a bedroom in one of the campers, where one of the men raped her, police said.

Parthemore, who was the on-call detective that night, interviewed the witnesses and arranged to have the alleged victim brought to the police station Monday for a follow-up interview when she was sober. Her mother brought her to the police station to talk to Parthemore.

“The victim has recanted her story,” Parthemore said. “She doesn’t recall too many events, because they were all drinking”

He added: “She doesn’t remember it being consensual or nonconsensual. At a certain point, she got a little too impaired and doesn’t remember what happened”

The other four witnesses said any sex was consensual, Parthemore said, adding that all four of their accounts were very similar.

Parthemore said he will complete paperwork in the case and send it to the Erie County prosecutor for review, but at this point he does not expect charges to be filed.

Comments

gene44870

one would think if she was to drunk to remember , then she was to drubk to give consent

underthebridge

great point!

Factitious

This stuff is horribly complicated, and loaded with gender bias, and it's an evolving body of law. We most often hear about alleged male perpetrators and female victims, but other cases are possible and do happen.

Who did what to whom, in what state? When two drunks get together, do you need the video to adjudicate?

Was there active consent, objection, or neither?

The idea that no one of any gender can consent when drunk flies in the face of the concept personal responsibility. Is one not responsible when saying yes to driving or punching some in the nose while drunk?

Raoul Duke

Maybe the guy was too drunk also to not realize that she was too drunk to give consent, or to not give consent, or whatever...

Stop It

"wassa prollemm agin occifer? it's starting to feel more like know years insted of chrisssmass"

swiss cheese kat

If the victim is 21 and cannot remember, wheres the crime?

mammamia

If the victim is 21 and cannot remember the possible crime is STILL rape. She was foolish, not in control of her self respect, let alone her body and boundaries, but if she can't remember she may STILL have been raped. If it were "your" daughter, niece, relative or friend, would her age make any difference??

As for the guy or guys - if they were sober enough to perform they should have been sober enough to know whether SHE was sober enough to give consent... as clearly as they would want if the female were one of their relatives...no?? As for the other female witness - here's hoping that she has a better friend, who will step in and redirect the situation if or when SHE finds herself in the same scenario.

Bottom line to this girl/woman - get yourself together. Sober up. Make some changes in your life before this IS your life... Pick better friends! Probably a good idea to get tested for whatever your "friends" gave you besides a hangover.

And yes - if this were my daughter, niece, sister or friend I would be advising her the same things...but would have used MUCH stronger language!