Van Wert man arraigned on numerous sex-related charges

VAN WERT — A Van Wert man entered pleas of not guilty during his arraignment hearing Wednesday in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court to numerous sex-related charges.

James Yates, 33, is charged with two counts of rape, felonies of the first degree; four counts of gross sexual imposition, third-degree felonies; one count of sexual battery, a second-degree felony; and one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Bond for Yates was set at $500,000 cash or surety. A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 24.

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