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Suspect in 'fairly violent rape' indicted by Huron County grand jury

Cary Ashby • Aug 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM

A Willard man accused of "a fairly violent rape" was one of nine suspects indicted by a Huron County grand jury.

David Barnum, 38, of 213 Park St., is charged with one count of rape in connection with a June 15 incident. If convicted of the first-degree felony, he faces three to 11 years in prison.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said Barnum was an employee at the restaurant and lounge in the Holiday Lakes area, where the suspected rape happened. Barnum's accuser is a 37-year-old Willard woman.

"He wasn't indicted previously. It was the case that came out of municipal court," Leffler said.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office arrested Barnum in mid-June.

The defendant was in Huron County Common Pleas Court in late July when Judge Jim Conway declined to lower his $75,000 bond. Deputy Ted Evans filed the rape complaint in Norwalk Municipal Court against Barnum on June 17.

During the July 29 hearing in common pleas court, defense attorney John McMahon said the rape allegation is serious, but told Conway if the case went to trial, Barnum would claim the incident was consensual. In response, assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said the supposed facts indicate "this was a fairly violent rape."

Barnum, who was indicted Friday, is accused of engaging in "sexual conduct with another when the offender purposely compels the other person to submit by force or threat of force," according to court records.

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