LIMA — A Lima man charged with rape for allegedly forcing himself sexually upon a young girl at a party in Elida earlier this year waived his right to a speedy trial Tuesday.
John Kehoe, 35, was indicted by an Allen County grand jury in April on three counts of first-degree felony rape after a friend of his step-daughter told police she was sexually assaulted by Kehoe at a January party on West Main Street in Elida.
The alleged victim told police she had been at the party when Kehoe followed her into a bedroom. The girl 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 has denied the 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.
Lab tests performed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation reportedly showed a DNA specimen found in a vaginal sample matched Kehoe’s DNA.
Kehoe on Tuesday waived his constitutional right to a speedy trial, in part because of a change of legal counsel. Steve Chamberlain has taken over the case after Kehoe’s former attorney, Greg Donohue, was forced to step down because of illness. Donohue died earlier this month.
Judge Terri Kohlrieser set a new trial date of Sept. 3 for Kehoe.
The defendant is being held in the Allen County jail under $500,000 bond.
Prosecutors said Kehoe has prior convictions for arson and receiving stolen property and was arrested on a parole violation after leaving prison on those counts.