Pair arrested in rape


First Posted: 11/11/2014

WAPAKONETA — A first-grade teacher at Cridersville Elementary School has been charged with numerous counts of rape and other sex charges involving a child.

Lori A. Anderson, 50, of 2244 N. Dixie Highway, pleaded not guilty Monday to 12 counts of rape, 10 counts of sexual battery, and one count each of gross sexual imposition and obstructing justice, all felonies. She also is charged with obstructing official business, a misdemeanor.

Anderson was released Monday after posting a $15,000 bond.

While Anderson has 25 criminal charges, her ex-husband, Charles Wycuff, 53, is facing 54 charges, including 31 counts of rape, seven counts of gross sexual imposition, 15 counts of sexual battery and one count of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, all felonies.

Wycuff, a welder, is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail in the segregation unit of the Auglaize County jail, according to court and jail records.

The charges accuse the two of sexually assaulting a child. She is accused of a crime on June 11, 1999, and he is accused of committing crimes between June 11, 1997, and June 11, 1999. Some of the crimes occurred when the child was under the age of 13, according to Auglaize County court records.

It’s unclear what Anderson’s status is with her job. A representative of the school system could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

An investigator with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office handled the case after the victim approached someone at Auglaize County Common Pleas Court late in 2011 and Judge Frederick Pepple contacted the Attorney General’s Office, said Dan Tierney, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office.

“I cannot comment on the relationship of the defendants and the victim,” Tierney said.

The investigation involves one victim, who is a male, and investigators have no information to show there were more victims, Tierney said.

The investigation began in early 2012 with the results turned over to a special prosecutor with the Attorney General’s Office to handle rather than the Auglaize County prosecutor, Tierney said. Tierney did not have information available on whether there was a conflict of interest with Auglaize County officials that required an outside investigator and prosecutor.

Records were not available Tuesday with the court closed for Veterans Day to show how long Anderson was married to Wycuff but court records showed they divorced in January 2004 and she was ordered to pay $255 a month in child support. Both have since remarried, according to Auglaize County Sheriff records.

The attorneys representing Anderson and Wycuff could not be reached for comment Tuesday.