LIMA — A jury convicted a 54-year-old man Friday of kidnapping and three counts of rape in crimes involving two women that were solved when his DNA was compared to samples in a state database.
Walter Robinson will face a maximum penalty of 30 to 40 years when he is sentenced, which is scheduled for July 13 in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
The jury was unable to reach a decision on another count of kidnapping and rape. Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Terri Kohlrieser said she will have to consider her options before making a decision on whether to try Robinson again on those two charges.
One incident occurred in December 2004 involving a 17-year-old woman and the other was April 2005 involving a 43-year-old woman. Both women reported being raped, but they did not know the identity of the man who forced himself on them.
Robinson’s DNA ended up in a database after he was convicted in an arson case.
Robinson initially repeatedly denied having any contact with either woman to a detective questioning him. He changed his story when Lima Police Detc. Tim Clark told him they matched his DNA to the two women. He said he may have exchanged drugs for sex.
Robinson’s attorney, Steve Chamberlain, said Robinson admitted to having sex with the women but said it was consensual. He said the two women had led nefarious lives and were just two women his client had sex with along the way.
But Kohlrieser told the jury the women were raped and no matter how their lives were once led, no one deserved to be raped.
“They are not the pastor’s wife, they are not the nun outside the church,” Kohlrieser said. “They were both raped multiple ways, and nobody deserves that.”
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