LIMA — A Sept. 3 trial date has been vacated for a Lima man charged with rape as his attorney continues to battle what the judge in the case described as a “serious medical condition.”
John Kehoe, 35, is charged with three counts of rape for allegedly forcing himself sexually upon his stepdaughter’s friend at a party in Elida earlier this year. He is represented by Attorney Steve Chamberlain, who last month was hospitalized and was still receiving medical treatment earlier this week, according to Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Terri Kohlrieser.
The judge summoned Kehoe to court on Thursday just to update him on his attorney’s medical condition and to update the timeline for the case.
Kohlrieser said Chamberlain “has all his cognitive abilities” but is still experiencing some physical limitations. A timeline for his return to practice remains uncertain, the judge said. She postponed Kehoe’s trial and said an update on Chamberlain’s status would be provided “in a week to 10 days.”
Kehoe told the judge that “my whole family and I are praying for him.”
The alleged victim in the case said she had been at a party in Elida in late January of this year 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 he engaged in sexual intercourse with her.
Kehoe denied those allegations, but lab tests performed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation reportedly showed a DNA specimen found in a vaginal sample taken from the girl matched Kehoe’s DNA, according to court records.
In July, Kehoe appeared in court during a motion filed by Chamberlain to suppress some statements made by Kehoe to police following his arrest.
The motion alleged that Detective Callie Basinger of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office failed to properly advise Kehoe of his constitutional rights prior to a March 6 interview at the sheriff’s office.