LIMA — A Lima man charged with four counts of first-degree felony rape for allegedly having sexual contact with a girl under the age of 13 on Wednesday waived his constitutional right to a speedy trial.
Tony Gipson, 40, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court to formally agree to a continuation of his case. Court-appointed defense attorney Gregory Donohue said additional time was needed to adequately prepare Gipson’s case for trial.
An Allen County grand jury returned the four indictments against the Lima man in December.
According to court documents, the female victim in the case alleges that Gipson had sex with her “on multiple occasions” when she was under the age of 13. The girl told investigators there were approximately 12 separate incidents of unwanted sexual contact.
Gipson reportedly fled the state after learning of the allegations against him but was taken into custody on Nov. 17, according to court records.
Judge Terri Kohlrieser, who was hearing cases on her first day as common pleas court judge, scheduled pre-trial hearings for Feb. 28 and March 13 in anticipation of Gipson’s April jury trial.