Trial set for Columbus firefighter accused of rape


A July trial date has been set for a Columbus firefighter charged with rape and kidnapping in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

Timothy Durbin, 51, of Columbus, was originally scheduled to stand trial on Tuesday but the trial date was vacated on March 30 after his attorney, Keith Boger, filed a motion to withdraw from the case. Boger said Durbin wished to hire another attorney and asked Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Everett Krueger to allow him to leave the case.

Krueger granted the motion and on Tuesday Krueger scheduled Durbin for a new trial on July 26.

Durbin was out on bond Tuesday.

Durbin was indicted by a Delaware County grand jury on Dec. 18, 2015, and charged with four counts of rape, which are first-degree felonies; two counts of gross sexual imposition, which are third-degree felonies; and one charge of kidnapping, a first-degree felony.

Durbin faced nearly identical charges earlier in 2015 when he was charged with three counts of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition and a charge of kidnapping. Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien said the original charges against Durbin were dropped in July 2015 after an issue with medical records did not give prosecutors and defense attorneys enough time to review the evidence before trial.

Krueger dismissed the case then but said prosecutors would be allowed to take the case to the grand jury again.

The first trial had been scheduled to begin July 27, 2015.

The new seven-count indictment filed against Durbin in December stems from alleged sexual misconduct that was reported to Genoa Township police in October 2014, according to prosecutors.

The indictment lists the alleged crime as occurring from July 1, 2003, through July 31, 2004. It also states that the victim, at the time of the alleged offenses, was younger than 10. Documents indicate the girl was 6 years old at the time and didn’t tell anyone about the alleged misconduct until September 2014. A police investigation then began.

Durbin has denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Durbin is reportedly on paid administrative leave from his position as a firefighter at Station 25 in Columbus until the case is completed.

Durbin Courtesy photo | Delaware County Jail

By Glenn Battishill

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

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