A juvenile rape defendant must be under 24-hour adult supervision while on electronically-monitored house arrest.
A 14-year-old Wakeman boy is charged with two counts of rape, which would be the equivalent of first-degree felonies if committed by an adult. Chris Mushett, Huron County Juvenile Court administrator, said the allegation is the defendant sexually abused a girl who was younger than 5 on April 20 and 21 in Norwalk. It's unknown how the boy knows the victim.
The Norwalk Police Department handled the investigation.
"He had been taken to Seneca County," Mushett said, referring to boy going to the detention center April 22.
During a second detention hearing held April 29, Judge Timothy Cardwell released the boy into the custody of his father and prohibited the suspect from having any association with the victim or anyone under the age of 12.
The boy's next hearing is scheduled for June 2.
If found adjudicated and found guilty of rape, the defendant could spend from one year to a maximum not to exceed his 21st birthday in the Department of Youth Services. DYS is the state prison for juveniles.
"The kid has no prior involvement with the court," Mushett said.