Woman unconscious before rape

Employee at popular Put-in-Bay bar can't remember what happened prior to sexual assault
Alex Green
Jun 27, 2014

 

green@oc-register.com

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.

Read more: Five visitors to Put-in-Bay claim they were drugged unconscious

Comments

my oh my

Typical Put in Bay covering up and failing to follow the laws to attempt to keep up " the family island experience". And just because victim refuses charges doesn't state have authority to automatically file especially with rape right?

Matt Westerhold

Thanks my oh my. It does not appear the victim refused to cooperate as stated in the Put-in-Bay police report. PIB police chief Ric Lampela did not respond to inquiries from the Register about the apparent inaccuracy, or other questions about related subjects. Read more here: Five PIB visitors claim they were drugged unconscious

Whiskey in a Teacup

The state can pick up rape charges, it only becomes difficult to prosecute without the willingness of the victim to testify later.
I hope the Register waits those requests_ I may be reading between the lines but something tells me that wasn't going to be an option.

The governed

The state or federal govt needs to step in on both PIB and Kelley's. I would consider both islands lawless and not safe or worth visiting at this point. The way Lampela in particular tends to cover up serious crimes scares me.

Babo

Agreed, but the Feds also need to look at the prosecutors' offices in both counties for the lax enforcement and prosecution.

Peninsula Pundit

It is evident that, along with the article where multiple people in a group are being drugged, that someone who works at this bar is the culprit for these druggings. It appears they now have been discovered. Someone might slip a mickey into one drink without being noticed, but to slip multiple doses into drinks means someone has to have opportunity to do so. The most likely time is when the drinks are being made.
What I want to know is WHICH BAR IS IT?
The public should be made aware so they can avoid this establishment.

Lil DAB

Yes, please name the bar!

Seen it All

Mojito Bay is the place named in the other article where 5 people claimed to have been drugged.

GoBigLex2001

Isnt it funny how the SR accuses PIB PD of hiding something, when the SR themselves wont "out" this establishment.

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TKeegan73

The LE on both these Islands is pathetic, more PIB than MBI though. I've traveled to both several times and both of these places are nothing more than a tourist attraction for Alcoholics. Every visit there always ends up the same way, we always have an altercation with some drunk Rambo or some loud mouthed drunk female. It's hard to even go there and enjoy a family outing because we never know what our children will end up subjected to while we are there. One trip there we had to deal with a middle aged guy standing in bushes and as we rode by on bikes he stepped out of the bushes exposing himself and urinating on us as we rode by on bicycles and this was in the middle of the afternoon. Unfortunately for this creep I took justice into my own hands and let's just say everytime he looks in the mirror he will see his crooked nose and remember me! I now violence isn't the answer but I tried the correct approach and got a police officer and explained the situation that my wife and kids had to endure and I got laughed at by the officer and asked if my shower felt refreshing!?!? Really!!!??? This is supposed to be someone that protects and serves us and he's going to crack jokes about assault with bodily fluids(which is a felony), had it just been me I wouldn't have taken as offense to the officers snide remarks but my kids were subjected to this sick a$$'s antics(my kids were 6 and 8 at the time). Then when I had enough of officer dipsh!ts remarks I made a smart a$$ comment to him and he gets all offensive and threatens to take me to jail, seems to me that these officers find everything humorous until it happens to them. This happened back in 2011 and we haven't returned since and have no intentions of ever taking a trip back over to either Island. I almost feel sorry for the actual residents that live on the Islands and having to deal with all these drunken fools. I have family that owns property and a couple homes between the 2 Islands and things have gotten bad enough that both properties are up for sale because they are tired of all the BS that goes down and how little LE has done to stop any of this or to even try to put a stop to it. Nothing like having a half million dollar property and can't even enjoy it because all summer long is spent fixing vandalism from drunken idiots and worrying about what's going to happen next. We were having a family get together and were all setting around the fire(about 15-20 adults and roughly 20 children under the age of 12), when a guy in his early 30's and his hooker girlfriend decided they were going to come on our property and he was going to enjoy a BJ from his girlfriend while laying in our hammock. When the two were discovered by 3 six year old boys the guy asks the boys "who wants their *explicit* sucked next"?!! Society is pathetic anymore and apparently no one teaches their kids morals and respect anymore. Oh and we called LE on these 2 individuals and all they did was tell them to get off the property and go get a room somewhere, and LE looked right at the female perp and told her the only thing they better see her sucking on in public is a straw and these immature officers made all these comments all within an earshot of all the children who all clearly heard the comments and then a few of them asked the officer why he wasn't taking them to jail...his reply to the group of children.."no need to take a couple of drunk horny people to jail just because they couldn't wait to get back to their room for a good time". PATHETIC! Even more pathetic is the fact that when they were told the guy asked a group of the boys "who wants their sick ducked next" the officer made the comment "where does the line start" under his breath.
"If it's tourist season why can't we shoot them?"

SassieSuzieSez

Just read comment above and that about sums up the pathetic turn the Islands have taken. A former resident, and island enjoyer, I spent many weekends at PIB and KI. While we did drink and dance, we never had to worry about being drugged or sexually assaulted. Now, seems that scum has found a new hangout. Too bad law enforcement isn't doing their job. Perhaps a sign of greater problems??

Brenda1991

I am a friend of the girl who was assaulted and it's well known on the island that the employee (a manager) was Chris Blessing and the bar is Mr. Ed's Bar. No doubt somehow she will be made the victim in all of this but in speaking with others who know this man and the owner of that bar this has been alleged numerous times in the past and specifically regarding this manager named Chris Blessing.

Why an owner would permit this to go on, turn a blind eye, and even permit the manager to still be in a position of power of girls is beyond belief. Maybe if people chose not to spend their money there he would stop this vicious behavior. This is SICK SICK SICK, dangerous to even go to work for a girl at that establishment!

Babo

Ed Fitzgerald is the owner and he owns a lot of property on the Island and in Port Clinton. If the allegations are true and he has knowledge that this has gone on, he better be prepared to open his wallet as he will be sued.

Anon4u

Mr.Ed's is the establishment and Chris Blessing is the manager under scrutiny.

Anon4u

Call Mr.Ed's and ask them why it goes on yourself (419) 285-5042

Nemesis

We know why it goes on; that is the culture that has taken hold in PIB. The PIB business community and local government decided to make the local economy revolve around intoxication. Why? Money talks - the markup on served booze is often around 1000%.

PIB is going through the normal life cycle of any alcohol based entertainment district. It's taken longer than it did with Cleveland's Flats and Warehouse district because of the access issue, but the progression is always the same. The socioeconomic and cultural level of the clientele declines steadily, and eventually, everybody with money to spend has moved on to another, newer location that the riffraff hasn't yet discovered. It's inevitable because the clientele you don't want strongly desires to mingle with the clientele you do want, and once the former discovers a place, they flock to it and drive out the latter. People emulate those in whose position they want to be. People in a desirable position in life, in turn change their habits to distance themselves from those in whose position they do not desire to be. It's a basic dynamic of life and you can't change it. The best you can do is mitigate its effects by NOT basing your business model on diminished judgement and misbehavior.

If you can get a copy of the glossy color magazine on which Huron wasted taxpayers' money, you'll see how that city's leaders want to be the next ones to ride the merry go round. They never learn, because they only look at such places when they are at their peak.

Babo

Yours is a very insightful comment. I noticed a deterioration since Lonz collapsed and closed (where a lot of riff raff hanged) and a bunch of new money pouring into the Island from Cleveland area interests over the last 12-15 years. A bunch of new bars all needing to reward investors without any real ties to the Island community.

You're right.. PIB is rapidly becoming if it is not already passé. Port Clinton like Huron is trying to jump on the bandwagon. Ironically, I predict Middle Bass Island will now that the State of Ohio is looking to partner with private developers for Lonz become the next beautiful people's hot spot and the cycle will repeat itself. Rattlesnake Island on the other hand will always just be.

toohonest

I was an employee of Mr. Eds for many years and have never had that experience or felt that I was being treated disrespectfully. I have all the love in the world for my Mr eds family and it was an honor to be a part of their business. l

GoBigLex2001

Why did the victim go to a hospital in Michigan?? Firelands not good enough?..lol

YoMamma

She probably would have been transfered to Toledo. Just read the shovelface story.

YoMamma

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88888

I am speechless reading this article. I have known this so-called accused person for multiple years. He is a highly respected and respectful person in the community. Why would the "victim" not report this sooner and why would she "not want to lose her job" and work in that kind of environment if this were true???? Also absolutely mind-boggling why she would not continue to press charges if she felt threatened in any sort of way? Really??? Not making sense... also, I'm a little confused on why this is even being published if she herself didn't want anyone to know and is not moving forward with any prosecution? The accused 'Chris Blessing' will never get to defend himself ever. I think girls need to be aware of how they act around the island life. It is absolutely unbelievable to me the things that I see and the things that they do over there. It is no one else's fault but their own when they get completely trashed and then wake up the next morning unclear of what happened. They're trying to play the innocent victim who accuses an innocent person and ends up ruining else's life by trying to make themselves feel better about the bad choice they made hours before. I support anyone that has been raped 100% but in this situation it's not adding up, He is a good person and will be supported by many. I feel very comfortable around Mr. Ed's establishment and around Chris Blessing himself. I will support them 100%.

The governed

Typical bully tactic, making the victim the bad guy. The last thing I think of when considering whose a respectable member of the community is a slimy bar owner or his slimy bartender.

Whiskey in a Teacup

: / What an incredibly ignorant and barbarić statement.

Nemesis

Please be more specific. Are you referring to the preceding comment? If so, there's a reply link to post your comment in direct response to it. And, if so, the preceding comment is quite long and contains several statements.

88888

I'm sorry whiskey in a teacup:) maybe you were "reading between the lines";) I've said what I've needed to say. This is a blog for the open. Support it how you want and carry on.

MGoBlueBoy

It is sad that all I read in the sandusky register article comments is put in bay bashing. No matter what the article is about, it is constant put-in-bay bashing. I live in Michigan and go to put in bay all summer long because of the friends and work and fun and happy lifestyle that is there. Dozens of friends of ours boat up there and spend time (50+ age range). Many friends I personally know work here (21+). All in all, never ever had a problem or heard of a problem like what is being libelously claimed. I've known Ed and all the regulars on his staff for years. Never seen, heard, or witnessed a problem even close to the one claimed here. Chris Blessing is above reproach and the fake posts by anonymous people only confirm that. If you have any cojones you would not post anonymously. I chatted with a girl who saw the entire incident on the date in question (and also works there) and she refutes this 100%. Shame on the haters in Sandusky who have nothing better to do than perpetuate myths and stigmas. If you don't know the facts and the people involved then shut the heck up. I don't know what your agenda is, but loss of business and lack of tourism hurts everyone from the "rich idiot bar owners" down to the hourly gas station attendants. Less tourists, less work, less employees, less income, less everything. Before you rip any area business, be it on the island or mainland, think about the ripple effects you are causing.

The governed

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MGoBlueBoy

I will not get into an argument on this because you obviously don't know how to read based upon your red herring response... (1) I am not even close to being a bar owner, maybe working at different ones now and again, but not an owner (my userID is quite obvious to everyone who knows me here and I am no money-bags owner); (2) I did not say anything about LE because I agree with just about everything everyone says about the lame island LE and how they are violating the Freedom of Information Act by not disclosing their reports and how they do not train their rookies properly so that they think their only two jobs here are to take pictures with bachelorette parties and gang up on individuals (while ignoring 4-person golf carts filled with 6 people all holding beers and not wearing seatbelts as they drive right by these rookie rent-a-cops); (3) owning a bar does not create a casual-rape environment any more than opening an amusement park creates a casual-pedophile environment (should we close Cedar Point because there are kids there and pedophiles are drawn to kids? That's the same as you saying that bars attract pretty girls and cause rape.); and (4) how does any of this have to do with murder? That is so off-topic that it is a complete red herring to try and tie this apparently innocent bar manager to a murder. Laughable at best.

Brenda1991

@8888 Read between the lines? Your rapist sems to have a few lines out there already! As does the reputation of the Mr Ed's dive joint. Ask most members of the community over there and you will find it is consdiered a public nusience. Here are your "lines"

MGoBlueBoy

You obviously do not live here or maybe you know a different Mr Ed than the one who is popular and well known in Port Clinton and Put-in-Bay.

The Mr. Ed that I know goes out of his way to help the community and help people in need, while also running a family business and taking care of his staff. The Mr. Ed that I know has a yearly event called the Turkey Feed which helps the community. The Mr. Ed that I know opens up his establishment for free to area organizations that need a place to host charity events. The Mr. Ed that I know put on a wake at no expense for the family of Roy S after he passed from cancer. The Mr. Ed that I know set up a memorial fund after three employees passed away to assist students on the island with their college education. The Mr. Ed that I know held a benefit auction over in PC when Jimmy Lucas was with cancer.

It is sad that you think it is a public nuisance to help out the community (while also running a family business).

Mr. Ed's and The Roundhouse are the two most popular bars on the island, be it a weekend or a weeknight. I don't think you really know what a dive bar is. Sad.

toohonest

I absolutely agree ed adopted my children for Christmas when I had a house fire and couldn't afford one for them. I love that man and the rest of the family as if they were my own family.

88888

I have been a member of this community for 30 years! I have known the Blessing family for 16 and Ed for 12 years! This has never been nor have I ever heard of this being a prior issue. And let's not get ahead of ourselves by calling him a "rapist". Innocent until proven guilty:) I am very well aware of what goes on in this community since i live here and grew up here!....and Mr. Ed's or Chris Blessing being a nuisance is not one of them:)

Nemesis

Maybe he's not the one doing it, but given the number of women claiming the same thing, who don't seem to know or know about each other, it sounds like SOMEONE is.

got it commin

I'm gonna tell ya right now..this young girl is not a liar..this dude did this..she is from mich...that why she saw a doc there...she was warned by the brass at Mr. eds's not to report this issue..thats why she waited..till her common sense kicked in and her fear subsided. Drunk...drugged...what ever...she said NO!!!..and he removed a feminine hygiene product from her and did it anyway...what girl says yes that time of the month?.none..period...all you supporters who are coming out of the walls to support this idiot..your gonna all look like fools soon..other girls are coming forward with similar stories from experiences with the man. Sounds and looks like to me...family, friends, prob even himself...are making up all these support post for him..Bartenders spiking girls drinks on that island has been going on for too long..It happened to my daughter at the back bar pool there 2 years ago..guys are paying the bartenders to do it..Bar owners need to clean house over there or loose tons of money protecting there bad eggs..He did it...live with it people..He just needs to be stopped..thats this girls motive..not money..she will never sue..she just wants this creep stopped

The governed

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SassieSuzieSez

Cesspool!

Tru Grit

Sounds pretty horrible to me. Hope the truth comes out!

I worked at the one and only RoundHouse and I am almost shocked because the family that I made while working there is not like the other places. This gives good establishments like RH a bad name.

Brenda1991

Really? The Roundhouse bar is as bad as the rest of them perhaps you missed the tell all book about the drug and binge drinking by their employees http://www.amazon.com/Outside-In...

88888

SO WONDERFUL HOW THE ENTIRE BLESSING FAMILY IS NOW BEING INVOLVED?? REALLY? Like I said I have known the Blessing family for 16 years, hung around all the sons and have had nothing but respect from all of them. Let's not slander the entire family because one family member is being accused. They are great people!

Tru Grit

Brenda, what do you expect employees of that island to do?? There is some binge drinking but the crew I worked with and the ones still working the inside and outside bars are some of the most stand up respectable people I've come to know. One persons perspective isn't always the best account of truth and lies. Like i said best place I've ever worked with absolutely amazing people and owners.

just some guy

you people are ridiculous ones posting links to novels others act like they know - you guys don't know crap I know them both well she is absolutely one of the greatest people ive ever met he is a pretty stand up guy the ones of us who know them best don't know what to believe but to blast a whole island is crazy are you all that bored that you have nothing else to talk about she doesn't want this she don't want to talk about think about it relive it it hurts her its gonna follow both of them for the rest of there lifes only god knows what truly happened and it not good either way dude your daughter didn't get drugged at mist see got wasted acted like a ho and that was a easy excuse the locals and workers {often the same) on this island are awesome they don't need to drug anyone they watch the tourist act stupid they think they can do shots and drinks all day and night, no one can and when they do something stupid instead of takeing responsibility for their actions they look for excuses someone must of drugged me (yeah yourself) its a cop out if he really did this he should rot if they found roofies in her system and they should have checked blood then he should rot in jail if shes just embarrassed for doing something out of character then shame on her but no one knows the truth yet except for him and her

DickTracey

Said, JUST SOME GUY, who does not know how to spell or write a proper sentence.

These are truly some words of wisdom coming from a career bar back.

You are cutting down the tourists for their irresponsible binge drinking, but this story is not about the tourists. It's about employees of a bar on PIB.

It sounds to me like your buddy didn't get lucky before last call and hook up with any drunk tourist girl, so he had to hook up with a fellow employee.

Thank you for your comment, it shows the intelligence level we are dealing with of all involved.

got it commin

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Brenda1991

Well said above...but I am sure it will fall on deaf ears. This bar owner KNOWS its a problem...and shrugs it off. Really strange in that in just about ANY situation like this is in the real world and employee especially a MANAGER would be put on leave until it was investigated. Guess PIB is not the REAL WORLD

volfirefiter

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volfirefiter

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Nemesis

You hit the nail on the head. Most of the PIB business community makes their living by getting people drunk so they can shut down their brains and put their hormones in charge. Their entire business model is based on servicing peoples' vices and facilitating bad decisions. The only difference between them and the drug dealer on the corner is that their drug is legal. It's a free country and I'll be the first to defend their right to do it, but it's ridiculous to say there's anything upstanding or respectable about those whose occupation is fueling the drunken sleaze-fest that takes over PIB every weekend.

Based on comments here, the local authorities are letting things get close to jumping the shark. There's already been one murder attibutable to the bachannal.. It's all fun and games until some drunken frat boy wanders into the wrong house and catches a few .40 rounds to center of mass, which, given the described cavalier attitude of the local police about trespassing and the like, will likely happen in the next few years.