Rape victim’s attorney challenges sexual history of alleged victim


By J Swygart - [email protected]



A rape shield hearing was held Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court for Cornelius Ware Jr. after his attorney challenged the origin of semen found inside the alleged victim of a sexual assaut and rape.

A rape shield hearing was held Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court for Cornelius Ware Jr. after his attorney challenged the origin of semen found inside the alleged victim of a sexual assaut and rape.


J Swygart | The Lima News

LIMA — A hearing was held behind closed doors, in accordance with Ohio law, as attorneys and the judge in a Lima rape case debated the sexual history of the alleged 16-year-old victim and the admissibility at trial of that information.

Chima Ekeh, the attorney for Cornelius Ware Jr., last month filed a motion with Allen County Common Pleas Court that challenges the origin of semen found in the anal cavity of the alleged victim in the state’s case against Cornelius Ware Jr.

Ware, 31, was indicted by a grand jury in October of last year on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition and sexual battery.

A jury trial for Ware is scheduled to begin Tuesday in the courtroom of Judge Jeffrey Reed, although the defense has requested a delay in the trial while awaiting further DNA test results.

According to court documents, police were dispatched to Mercy Health-St.Rita’s Medical Center on Sept. 2, 2020, in reference to a sex offense. At the hospital they spoke with a young female who said she drank a bottle of beer and became intoxicated. She said she went to a house on South Collett Street and became sick but didn’t remember anything after that, according to court records.

She told police her cousin told her he caught Ware “doing it to her,” but the girl said she didn’t remember the incident. A sexual assault kit was performed at the hospital.

Police went to the Collett Street address, collected bedding and spoke to the cousin who witnessed the alleged event. She said that after the minor female got sick, she was placed in an upstairs bedroom and passed out.

The cousin told police some males, including Ware, came to the residence. Ware said he had to use the bathroom and went upstairs. Later the cousin went upstairs and found Ware with his pants down engaged in sexual conduct with the 16-year-old.

Ekeh said in his motion for the rape shield hearing that the state of Ohio has introduced evidence that another male had sex with the alleged victim a day or two prior to the incident at issue and that the origin of semen found in the alleged victim is in dispute.

A rape shield hearing was held Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court for Cornelius Ware Jr. after his attorney challenged the origin of semen found inside the alleged victim of a sexual assaut and rape.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Cornelius-Ware-Jr.jpgA rape shield hearing was held Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court for Cornelius Ware Jr. after his attorney challenged the origin of semen found inside the alleged victim of a sexual assaut and rape. J Swygart | The Lima News

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