An Ohio man appeared in court Thursday on allegations so troubling that a prosecutor said they didn’t want to read them aloud.
James Yoder50, is accused of rape in a 2019 incident in which a suspect was recently identified based on DNA evidence.
“I hesitate to read the facts of the affidavit because they are so gruesome, but it’s my job,” the assistant attorney general told a Hamilton County judge Thursday. according to local CBS/CW affiliate WKRC.
According to Cincinnati police, Yoder removed the victim’s prosthetic leg before tying a rope around her neck and dragging her to a tree. Next, according to the affidavit, he tied her to the tree, tightened the rope around her neck, and kicked her until she passed out.
The accused then allegedly raped the woman.
The incident reportedly happened on West 6th Street in the Queensgate neighborhood of Cincinnati near an overpass. After the sexual assault, Yoder reportedly left the woman tied to the tree.
Some of these details of the attack appear sensitive to local media, and perhaps even more gruesome than what has already been leaked. according to local NBC affiliate WLWT.
Yoder was charged with a count of rape by the Hamilton County Attorney’s Office on March 2, 2022.
The defendant was already in prison at the time, awaiting trial on kidnapping charges unrelated to any other alleged victim.
In July 2021, then-homeless Yoder was arrested and charged with kidnapping for allegedly dragging a woman into his tent, pulling a knife on her and threatening to kill her. Police say he also threw an ax at the woman to prevent her from leaving the home. In August of that year, he was found unfit to stand trial, according to Hamilton County Court records reviewed by Law&Crime.
According to WKRC, the defendant was “treated” to restore his legal capacity while he was still in custody. A trial for this earlier kidnapping is currently scheduled for March 7, 2022.
Yoder’s bail in the kidnapping case was previously set at $100,000 – which he couldn’t pay. On Thursday, he was ordered to post an additional $150,000 in bail for the rape allegations.
His next court date in the rape case is scheduled for March 14, 2022.
It is currently unclear whether his indictment will have any impact on the ongoing trial based on the latest charges.
Law&Crime has reached out to the Hamilton County Attorney’s Office for more details and to comment on this article, but as of publication there has been no response.
The Buckeye State conviction is complicated and difficult to predict because it is relatively recent Legislative changes for specific crimes.
Under Ohio lawa kidnapping of the kind the accused is accused of, involving violence, is a third-degree felony and is likely to carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
However, rape could carry a maximum in addition to this classification because of its status as a first-degree crime and its own special category “indefinite” term from 10 to 25 years in prison.
[image via Hamilton County Justice Center]
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