LIMA — A Lima man who prosecutors say forced himself sexually upon his stepdaughter’s friend earlier this year was arraigned Friday in Allen County Common Pleas Court on three first-degree felony counts of rape.
John Kehoe, 35, who prosecutors said has previously been convicted of felony arson and receiving stolen property charges and was arrested on a parole violation after leaving prison on those earlier counts, entered not guilty pleas to the charges contained in the indictment returned against him by a grand jury earlier this month.
According to court documents, officers with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched in the early morning hours of Jan. 27 to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center in reference to a sexual assault complaint.
The alleged victim said she had been at a party in Elida the previous evening when Kehoe followed her into a bedroom. The alleged victim told police Kehoe pulled down her pants and underwear and forced his fingers inside her and forced her to perform oral sex before engaging in sexual intercourse with her.
Kehoe denied those allegations and told police he believed the girl made the report because he and his “wife” made her leave the residence during the party, according to court documents. But lab tests performed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation reportedly showed a DNA specimen found in a vaginal sample matched Kehoe’s DNA.
Bond for Kehoe was set at $500,000 during his initial appearance last month in Lima Municipal Court. That bond was continued at his arraignment hearing Friday. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for April 26.