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Rape Charge Involves Mentally Disabled Victim

By: Randy Yohe Email
By: Randy Yohe Email

A man from Franklin Furnace pleaded not guilty in Municipal Court on Tuesday to felony rape charges.
Scioto county sheriff’s detectives say Josiah Griffith, 25, raped a mentally disabled 14 year old girl.
911 dispatchers got a call Saturday from SOMC saying they had a mentally disabled juvenile being treated for rape.
Detectives took a report, started investigating, and arrested Griffith at his Franklin Furnace home.
No word yet on motive or how Griffith came in contact with the girl.
Detectives say the victim has a strong family support system and is doing well in counseling.
Josiah Griffith remains in jail on a quarter million dollar bond.


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