Medical emergency delays Putnam County rape trial


By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@limanews.com



Michael T. Huizenga, left, appeared with his attorney, E. Charles Bates, in court Wednesday. The jury trial was delayed Thursday until Friday due to an undisclosed medical emergency.

Michael T. Huizenga, left, appeared with his attorney, E. Charles Bates, in court Wednesday. The jury trial was delayed Thursday until Friday due to an undisclosed medical emergency.


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OTTAWA — A medical emergency pushed back the fourth day of a Putnam County rape trial Thursday.

The jury for Michael T. Huizenga, 51, Continental, was seated Thursday morning as well as Huizenga’s attorney, E. Charles Bates. Todd Schroeder, assistant prosecuting attorney for the state, announced there had been an indefinite delay in the trial.

The trial was in recess for an hour when Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge Keith Schierloh announced there was a medical emergency, and the trial would be delayed until 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Brad Nelson, a captain with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, said he could not disclose details of the medical emergency.

Huizenga has been charged with seven counts of rape and four counts of sexual imposition against a child. The abuse is alleged to have started in 2013.

Huizenga took the stand Wednesday and denied any allegations. His wife, Janice, and their four children also took the stand and denied the allegations.

Jurors spent this week watching a video of testimony from the victim as well as verbal testimony from the defendant’s side.

The victim alleges the abuse began at her third birthday party and continued until she was 9, when she would visit the defendant’s home. There was an incident at school which the victim called a “prank” that led the victim to disclose to her teacher that Huizenga inappropriately touched her on several occasions.

A report made to Child Services employees by school officials led to the victim’s interview with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Huizenga also was interviewed at the sheriff’s office, and he denied any wrongdoing.

“I don’t get where this is coming from, Nothing is going on,” Huizenga said during the taped interview.

“I think I’m done” were Huizenga’s last words as he walked out of the interview room.

Michael T. Huizenga, left, appeared with his attorney, E. Charles Bates, in court Wednesday. The jury trial was delayed Thursday until Friday due to an undisclosed medical emergency.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/02/web1_MichaelTHuizenga.jpgMichael T. Huizenga, left, appeared with his attorney, E. Charles Bates, in court Wednesday. The jury trial was delayed Thursday until Friday due to an undisclosed medical emergency. Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News

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