WAPAKONETA — The jury trial for a 60-year-old St. Marys man accused of raping a minor child has been pushed back after motions to suppress the defendant’s statements were filed late last month in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court.
Ronald Cook, indicted by the May term of the Auglaize County grand jury, is charged with one first-degree felony count of rape for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a child less than 10 years of age. Cook is also facing a single count of importuning, a third-degree felony.
If convicted of all counts, he could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
According to court records, Cook’s attorney filed a motion to suppress “any and all statements made by the defendant on or about May 7, 2018, while in custody at his residence, during transport and at the St. Marys Police Department.”
The motion alleges that the police interview of Cook, which took place at the police station, lasted for some three hours and continued even after the suspect said he wanted an attorney present.
Cook was taken into custody by St. Marys police on May 7 following the execution of a search warrant at his St. Marys residence. Cook was arrested on the allegation that he sexually assaulted a minor child between the dates of Aug. 1 and Nov. 1, 2015.
A jury trial that had been scheduled for July 23 in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court for Cook was vacated following the filing of the motion.
Reach J Swygart at 567-242-0464.