Putnam Co. man re-indicted on rape, unlawful sexual conduct


By Mark Hamilton - For The Lima News



OTTAWA — A 37-year-old Ottawa man was re-indicted on rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Daniel F. Salazar, 37, was indicted once again on the charges following a session of the Putnam County Grand Jury on Tuesday.

Salazar was originally indicted on the same charges on March 5 and entered a not guilty plea on March 9. Salazar was arraigned on the new charges via a video arraignment Thursday in Putnam County Municipal Court before Putnam County Common Pleas Judge Keith Schierloh and once again entered a not guilty plea to the charges.

A pre-trial was set in the matter for 9 a.m. Aug. 6. Judge Schierloh scheduled deadlines this month to allow for discovery and to allow the defense time in attacking any deficiencies in the indictment.

His attorney, John Hopkins, said the charges in the new indictment appear to have expanded the time frame when the allegations occurred. Hopkins noted Salazar was incarcerated in the Allen County Jail and spent some time in jail in Seneca County during the first half of June.

“I would argue the sufficiency of evidence is lacking,” Hopkins said.

Judge Schierloh set Salazar’s bond at $250,000 cash or surety with no 10 percent posting permitted. If Salazar does make bond, he must live in an approved residence, consume no drugs or alcohol or non-prescribed medications and have no contact with the alleged victim or any minors.

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By Mark Hamilton

For The Lima News

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