GALLIPOLIS — Yet another area resident has been charged with the sexual assault of a juvenile, according to a release issued by the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine late Wednesday.
Chad A. Swain, 40, at large, has been charged with one count of rape, a felony of the first degree, following an alleged incident that occurred on July 7 of this year.
According to a complaint filed with Gallipolis Municipal Court on Wednesday and signed by Agent Evan Hall of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the victim, identified as “Jane Doe” reported to law enforcement that she had been raped by her mother’s live-in friend on or about the seventh day of July.
The victim is reported as being less than 13 years of age, with a date of birth in 2002.
Upon being interviewed by investigators, the suspect confessed to the rape, according to the complaint. Following questioning by agents with the Ohio Attorney General’s Crimes Against Children Unit, Swain was reportedly taken into custody on Wednesday and is being held in the Gallia County Jail.
Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning reportedly requested the assistance of the CAC Unit after a complaint was made to his office alleging the rape of a juvenile female under the age of 13.
In the release, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine commented on this case, stating that crimes against children are particularly heinous and are taken seriously by those who work in Ohio’s CAC Unit.
“Through the course of the investigation, we learned that this suspect was a close friend of the child’s family who had the opportunity to be alone with the victim,” DeWine stated. “Those who prey on children are among the worst of the worst, and I’m pleased that teamwork between state and local law enforcement has led to this individual’s arrest.”
During an arraignment hearing held at Gallipolis Municipal Court on Wednesday, Swain appeared and was charged with one count of rape. Public defender Graham Woodyard was appointed as counsel in the case, and the court set the defendant’s bond at $500,000, 10 percent secured.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled in this case for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, when it is expected the case will be bound over to Gallia County Common Pleas Court, where it will be heard by a grand jury.
Additional information on this case will be released as it is made available.