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Local man indicted on 10 rape charges

Cary Ashby • Apr 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

A Milan Township man faces a 10-count rape indictment in connection with sexually abusing two sisters.

Joseph D. Wagner, 62, of Huron, must post a $140,000 bond before being released from the Erie County Jail. The Erie County Sheriff's Office arrested the suspect Friday morning at his Mudbrook Road home without incident.

Deputies learned of the allegations Feb. 11 after one of the girls accused Wagner of raping her several times. Her mother then asked the older sister if anything happened to her and she also reported being victimized by Wagner, Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.

The girls are 6 and 10 years old.

Oliver said the first suspected rape, which involved the older girl, happened in April 2011 and then "Joe started abusing the younger one," which continued through February. He said it was the younger girl who immediately reported the incidents to her mother.

The mother called the Sandusky Police Department, which transferred the investigation to the sheriff's office because the suspected incidents happened in Milan Township.

Erie County prosecutors presented the case to an Erie County grand jury, which secretly indicted Wagner this month.

"It was five counts of rape for each victim. Each count is for a child victim, who is under the age of 13. That's punishable by life in prison," Oliver said.

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