LIMA — A Lima man charged in an 83-count indictment of rape, gross sexual imposition and sexual battery on Wednesday waived his constitutional right to a speedy trial.
Matthew Smith, 33, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court Wednesday to formally waive those rights. A tentative trial date of April 20 was set by Judge Jeffrey Reed.
Smith is charged with 69 counts of rape, including an allegation that 59 of those rapes were committed against a victim less than 13 years of age. The bulk of the alleged incidents are said to have occurred Aug. 1 through Oct. 31, 2019. Many of the counts allege the acts took place through either the use of force or the threat of force.
He is also charged with four counts of gross sexual imposition and 10 counts of sexual battery, all felonies of the third degree.
Smith was arrested after the Lima Police Department was made aware by officials from the Logan County Children Services of alleged sexual abuse at a residence in the 800 block of Greenlawn Avenue. The alleged victims were ages 13, 10 and 8 at the time of the sexual assaults.
One of the girls told investigators Smith had been forcing himself on her sexually since 2017. Another told police Smith forced her to take off her clothes so he could take nude photos of her with his cell phone, court documents state.
The youngest victim said she had been assaulted for approximately a year.
Smith’s next court appearance was set for Jan. 28.