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Elderly Man Indicted on Kidnapping, Rape and Other Charges

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

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An elderly man accused of charges, including kidnapping and rape, was named in a 14-count indictment by a Gallia County Grand Jury.

Richard Roderick, 71, was indicted on the following charges:

  • Kidnapping with Sexual Motivation and Sexually Violent Predator Specifications (three counts)

  • Rape with Sexual Motivation and Sexually Violent Predator Specifications (three counts)

  • Abduction (two counts)

  • Attempted rape

  • Felonious assault

  • Possession of criminal tools

  • Failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer (two counts)

  • Misdemeanor Assault

The indictment alleges that on Nov. 23, 2013, Roderick tied up and assaulted a woman in his home. The failure to comply and misdemeanor assault charges are in regards to an unrelated incident in October.

If convicted, Roderick could be sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's Special Prosecutions Section are prosecuting the case.

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