A Franklin County jury deliberated for less than three hours today before convicting Rickey Allen Dye of raping a 64-year-old former co-worker he blamed for getting him fired.
Jurors found Dye guilty of one count each of rape, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and abduction and two counts of kidnapping.
Common Pleas Judge Richard A. Frye will decide on Monday whether to convict Dye of repeat-violent-offender and sexually-violent-predator specifications attached to the charges. He has previous convictions for aggravated robbery and kidnapping.
The victim, now 65, testified that Dye confronted her as she was leaving her Westerville apartment on Feb. 2, 2012 and pushed her back into the residence at knifepoint.
He forced intercourse after telling her that she had ruined his life by bringing sexual-harassment complaints against him at the homeless shelter where both had worked, the woman said.
Dye, 51, was fired from the shelter, Rebecca's Place on the Near East Side, before the attack, but jurors heard no testimony about the reasons for his dismissal. The victim testified that she emailed a complaint to her supervisor about Dye after two incidents of sexual harassment.
She hasn't returned to the shelter since the attack.
Dye, formerly of Ashburton Road on the East Side, did not testify. No witnesses were called by the defense.
A hospital examination of the woman detected semen, but didn’t yield any DNA for investigators. Partial DNA was recovered from a scarf that was used to tie the victim’s wrist to a bedpost.
Testimony showed that Dye could not be excluded as a contributor of that DNA.
The woman told investigators that Dye threatened her with a wallpaper knife. When police arrested Dye later that night, a wallpaper knife was among the items found in his truck.
Dye could be sentenced to 58 years in prison for the jury verdicts. The repeat-violent-offender specifications could add 50 years to the sentence and the sexually-violent predator specification can result in a life sentence. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.
By John Futty - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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