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Elyria man indicted on rape, kidnapping charges

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    Timothy Minnich



ELYRIA — An Elyria man was indicted on multiple counts of rape and kidnapping in connection with the alleged rape a 5-year-old girl.

Timothy Minnich, 20, was indicted on three counts of kidnapping and two counts of rape by a Lorain County grand jury, according to a secret indictment unsealed Monday. All five counts are first-degree felonies, according to court documents.

Minnich was arrested by Elyria police last month after the child’s mother reported her suspicions to police.

Police have said investigators learned that the child had “said some concerning things to (her) mother,” who filed a police report March 10. Detectives brought Minnich in for questioning days later, and he “admitted he had raped a 5-year-old girl,” police have said.

“He decided that while he was babysitting her, or while she was visiting his residence, that he was going to engage in sexual intercourse with her,” Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said. “She eventually revealed this to her 3-year-old brother and to her mother.”

Will said the counts of rape are for two different theories on how the alleged rape may have taken place.

“The kidnapping charges are under three different subsections — basically restraining someone of their liberty, removing them from someplace by force or threat of harm and the third one is to terrorize them or cause them distress,” he said. “All of them have sexual motivation (specifications) on them.”

Will said the indictment unsealed Monday is for one known incident. The case still is under investigation, and there could be further charges in the future, he said.

County court and jail records do not show any prior arrests for Minnich, and police also have said they were not aware of a prior criminal record for him.

Minnich is being held in Lorain County Jail on $1 million bond, according to jail records.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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