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Second suspect arrested in cell phone rape case


LORAIN — A Lorain man suspected of filming on his cell phone a man being beaten and ordered to have sex with another man has been arrested.

Sherman R. Smith was arrested and charged with attempted rape Monday.

Smith, 19, of the 3500 block of Denver Avenue, is accused in a June incident, police Detective Sgt. Buddy Sivert said Monday.

Police wouldn’t release a report on the incident Monday night. On Thursday, Sivert said a homeowner cleaning out a rental home found the video about an incident occurring about two months ago. The video shows a mentally disabled 45-year-old man repeatedly punched and then urged to have sex with one of three men in a room before being dragged down stairs.

Sivert said Kenyatta Ephraim is shown ordering the man to have sex and dragging him down the stairs. Ephraim, of the 1100 block of West 18th Street in Lorain, was arrested Friday and charged with attempted rape.

Ephraim, 20, has convictions for domestic violence, carrying a concealed weapon and improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle. He appeared in Lorain Municipal Court on Monday and is free on bond.

Smith was being held at the Lorain County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond Monday night. Smith is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

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