LIMA — A Michigan man with ties to Lima appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court on Thursday and entered pleas of not guilty to two counts of rape.
The charges handed down by a recent session of the grand jury alleged Eric Adams forced himself sexually upon a 16-year-old female more than 10 years ago.
Adams, now 41, was taken into custody recently after his DNA was found to match that taken from the victim. Police had been unable to locate Adams after reaching out to several law enforcement agencies as far away as Detroit, according to court documents.
Adams’ DNA was on file with the state because he has two prior convictions for felony drug charges, one in Allen County and one in Indiana, his attorney said in court Thursday.
The indictment returned earlier this month by the grand jury alleged that March 2, 2009, Adams compelled his alleged victim to submit by force to unwanted sexual conduct.
According to court documents, on the morning of March 3 in a home in the 700 block of South Metcalf in Lima, Adams rubbed the vaginal area of the young girl, who was sleeping, against her will. He then reportedly removed her underwear and began to perform various sex acts on the girl.
The victim did not report the incident immediately but went to school later that morning and contacted her mother, who called police. The victim was then taken to a Lima hospital and was administered a sexual assault kit evaluation. The results of that test were sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Adams’ bond was continued at $200,000 during Thursday’s arraignment hearing. Attorney William Kluge was appointed as Adams’ attorney, pending a further review of the defendant’s ability to afford an attorney.
A pre-trial was scheduled for Oct. 30.