UPDATE: Marine Convicted of Raping Teen at Party Sentenced to Prison

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 7/31/13 @ 11 a.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A Marine charged with raping a teenager at a party has been convicted and sentenced to prison.

Tyler R. Fitzgerald, 22, of Minford, Ohio, was arrested in April, after being accused of raping a teenage girl after a night of partying at a home in Scioto County. Prosecutors say that party included adult males and minor females.

Fitzgerald, a Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan was picked up while boarding a plane in Los Angeles. He was then extradited back to Scioto County.

Fitzgerald's trial in Scioto County Common Pleas Court took two days, and included 10 witnesses, according to Prosecutor Mark Kuhn.

Kuhn says the witnesses testified that during the party, the teens had played drinking games and after one passed out, Fitzgerald raped her.

It took a jury 90 minutes on Tuesday to find Fitzgerald guilty of rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

He was then sentenced to eight years in prison.

ORIGINAL STORY 4/17/13 @ 4 p.m.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (WSAZ) -- A Scioto County man wanted in connection with the rape of a minor has been arrested at Los Angeles International Airport.

Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini tells WSAZ.com that Tyler Ross Fitzgerald, 21, was taken into custody on Monday as he was trying to flee the country to Japan.

Fitzgerald is wanted in connection with the suspected rape and unlawful sexual contact of a minor. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Los Angeles International Airport apprehended Fitzgerald before he was able to board the plane.

A warrant for the arrest for Fitzgerald was issued back in March.

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