Mistrial declared in ex-suburban Cincinnati cop’s rape case

CINCINNATI (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the case of a former suburban Cincinnati police officer accused of drugging and raping a woman in April 2015.

The jury deliberated for more than 10 hours but was ultimately unable to come to a decision in the trial of 34-year-old Clayton Maher on rape, sexual battery and drug possession charges.

Mayer, a former part-time police officer in Elmwood Place, stood trial in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court last week. The southwest Ohio village fired Mayer from his position as auxiliary officer following his indictment in November 2015.

Defense attorney David Winters says jurors voted 8 to 4 for a not guilty verdict on all counts against Maher.

A Jan. 9 hearing will determine whether the case will move forward with a second trial.