Rape trial for Powell man delayed


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@delgazete.com



Rodney Sharp


The trial has been rescheduled for a Powell man charged with rape and kidnapping.

Rodney Hubert Sharp, 48, was scheduled to stand trial in Delaware County Common Pleas Court on May 9 to face two counts of kidnapping, first-degree felonies; three counts of rape, first-degree felonies; two counts of domestic violence, third-degree felonies; one count of menacing by stalking, a fourth-degree felony and one count of aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor.

According to the indictment, on Feb. 15, 2017, Sharp “by force, threat or deception, did remove another from the place where the other person is found or restrain the liberty of the other person, with purpose to terrorize, or to inflict serious physical harm on the victim or another,” and created “a substantial risk of serious physical harm to the victim.”

These two situations constitutes the kidnapping charges.

The indictment also alleges that Sharp raped a woman identified in the indictment as “Jane Doe” twice on Feb. 15 and once on Feb. 17.

His trial was set to begin on May 9 but on April 28, Sharp’s attorney, Joel Spitzer, asked that the trial be delayed so he could have more time to review the facts of the case.

Judge Everett Krueger granted the motion and rescheduled the trial for July 18.

Sharp was in the Delaware County Jail Wednesday. His bond was set at $100,000 at his arraignment on March 3.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, Sharp could be sentenced to three to 11 years for the first-degree felony charges.

Rodney Sharp
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By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@delgazete.com

Glenn Battishill could be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill could be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.