A Collins man was indicted Friday on allegations he raped a 4-year-old New London girl sometime last year.
Joseph B. Chairez, 26, of 774 Hartland Center Road, was charged with three counts of rape. He has been in custody at the Huron County Jail on a $100,000 bond since May 21.
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said Chairez is not subject to Jessica's Law, because the incidents happened before it went into effect in the spring. That means the suspect faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on each rape charge, instead of a possible 15 years.
During a May 21 interview with New London Police Chief Mark Holden, Chairez admitted to performing an oral sex act on the girl, Holden said at the time. The chief interviewed the suspect for less than a half-hour after he turned himself into the Perkins Township Police Department.
On May 2, a Huron County Children Services case worker reported receiving a third-hand account of a suspected sexual assault involving Chairez and the girl.
Holden has said authorities didn't know exactly when and where the offense happened, but it could have been between May and June 2006. Chairez was a family friend and had been staying with them sporadically at the time of the reported rape, the chief explained.
Holden contacted the Huron County Sheriff's Office because authorities suspected the offense happened in a township outside of the village of New London. Officers used a warrant to search the suspect's home May 22 and seized a laptop computer and several journals, which a detective said may contain references of the attack on the girl.
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Cuyahoga County has been inspecting the computer.