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Pair of suspected rapists re-indicted in Huron County

Cary Ashby • Updated Jul 24, 2018 at 8:45 AM

A pair of accused sex offenders face a host of felonies after being indicted by a Huron County grand jury Friday.

Prosecutor James Joel Sittlery said the defendants — Robert J. Atkinson and Elias N. Atkinson — have the same last name, but “they are unrelated.” Their indictments, which were released Monday, indicate they were re-indicted, but assistant Prosecutor Melissa Angst couldn’t be reached for comment to explain why.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office investigated both cases.

Robert J. Atkinson, 28, most recently of 5810 U.S. 20, Apt. 131, Wakeman, was charged with seven counts of rape. One of the first-degree felonies is in connection with an incident between Feb. 10, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2015 when the victim was between birth and 1-year-old while the other six charges cover suspected offenses between May 22 and 29 of this year involving a victim who was 4.

Atkinson has been in jail since May 29 unable to post a $150,000 bond.

Elias N. Atkinson, 28, of North Columbus, was charged with 10 counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition. He also faces: Four charges of kidnapping, six counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, two charges each of pandering obscenity involving a minor and pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor and one count each of sexual battery and importuning.

All the rape allegations are in connection with offenses between about Jan. 1 through May 22 involving victims who were 6; 3 to 4; and 5 years old at the time, according to the indictment. They also come with the specification that Atkinson reportedly is a “sexually violent predator.”

Each kidnapping charge carries a specification that Atkinson allegedly “committed the offense with a sexual motivation.” The four first-degree felonies are in connection with incidents between about Jan. 1 through May 22 involving four different victims who are now 4, 5 and 6 years old.

Four of the counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance allege Atkinson “did recklessly create, direct, produce or transfer material or (a) performance that showed a minor in a state of nudity.” The indictment also says the defendant reportedly “did recklessly photograph his minor child or ward in a state of nudity or (did) consent to the use of his child in a state of nudity in any material or performance.”

The sexual battery and gross sexual imposition charges are in connection with incidents between about Jan. 1 through May 22.

Atkinson has been in jail since May 22, unable to post a $250,000 bond.

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