LIMA — With a interpreter certified by the Ohio Supreme Court by his side, a Lima man on Wednesday entered pleas of not guilty to charges of rape and sexual battery.
Marcos Gonzales-Barcenas, 52, was indicted by the September session of the grand jury on two counts of rape, first-degree felonies, and two counts of sexual battery, felonies of the third degree, for allegedly raping a 14-year-old boy. The assaults are said to have taken place over a span of more than a year.
The rape charges each carry a maximum penalty of 11 years in prison upon conviction.
Because Gonzales-Barcenas has a limited ability to speak or comprehend the English language, court-appointed interpreter Monica Benavides translated all conversations in court during Wednesday’s arraignment hearing.
Court-appointed defense attorney Steve Chamberlain ask Judge Terri Kohlrieser for permission to hire a separate defense interpreter to help him in future discussions with Gonzales-Barcenas. That motion was approved.
According to court documents, police were dispatched to a Brower Road apartment complex on July 27 of this year in reference to a sexual assault complaint. The young boy reportedly detailed accounts where Gonzales-Barcenas was in bed with him and restrained him by force while sexually assaulting him. The alleged victim’s 12-year-old brother witnessed some of the incidents, according to court records.
An affidavit prepared by a detective with the Lima Police Department and included in court documents states that Gonzalez-Barcenas confessed to having anal sex with the boy. Chamberlain said a motion will be filed with the court in the near future to have those statements suppressed and ruled inadmissible at trial.