>Former Darke County Sheriff employee indicted for rape


On July 23, 2009 the Darke County Grand Jury indicted Ryan D. Hunt, age 27 of New Madison, OH on two counts of Rape. Each count of Rape is a felony of the first degree with a minimum mandatory sentence of three years up to a maximum of ten years in prison. This indictment was the result of a criminal investigation conducted by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. On June 29, 2009 the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a report that Ryan D. Hunt had allegedly raped an adult female in southern Darke County. The case which is still actively being investigated was forwarded to the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office for review and subsequently presented to the July session of the Darke County Grand Jury.

At the time of this offense Ryan D. Hunt was employed as a probationary corrections officer and worked in the Darke County Jail. Ryan D. Hunt was not a certified law enforcement officer or certified corrections officer because he had not attended any academy or completed probationary status. Ryan D. Hunt was hired on August 18, 2008. He was placed on administrative leave with pay on June 29, 2009. On July 2, 2009 Ryan D. Hunt voluntarily resigned from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

[press release from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office]

  1. #1 by Anonymous on August 6, 2009 - 1:00 pm

    >They need to throw the book at him, max sentence is mandatory due to his position held. If any less what will this say for our community, Spencer already put one felon back on the street in a uniform. Is that acceptable? NO! Time for a change in Darke co. 20yrs fo Mr.Hunt, lets make an example out of him!

  2. #2 by Anonymous on August 6, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    >I agree he should get everything he deserves, but let's first atleast have a trial, hear the facts determine whether he's guilty or innocent. Seriously, why not throw the book at everyone? So many repeat offenders, why not? I think they should bring back the public hangings downtown. One wasn't enough. Say the first Saturday every month. I would go, I'll pick you up on the way. Why not do away with the system, grab your pitch fork and we'll have a linching, that way you can get exactly what you want.Now, as for the Sheriff putting a felon back on the steet in a uniform…Well my suggestion is if you are so worked up about this, first get your facts straight. The felon that continues to work the Sheriff's Office is not uniformed, is not a peace officer, does not work the street, has no arrest authority and is NOT a Deputy. He is the 911 Coordinator. Now call the Sheriff (548-2020) and show your dismay for that situation. I am sure you are not alone.

  3. #3 by Anonymous on August 6, 2009 - 7:35 pm

    >Throw the book at him and make an example out of him only if he is found guilty. There has been no jury trial yet, he only has been Indicted and the case is still being investigated. Why are people so quick to jump on he's "guilty" even before evidence has been collected, presented to a jury, found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and then sentenced? So what you are saying is that a max sentence should only be necessary due to the position he held at the Sheriff's Office?

  4. #4 by Anonymous on August 6, 2009 - 7:35 pm

    >If I read the story correctly, it said Mr. Hunt was indicted, but he has not yet been convicted. Isn't he innocent until proven guilty? Let's not rush to judgment. I commend the sheriff's department for being up front about the story.

  5. #5 by Anonymous on August 6, 2009 - 8:21 pm

    >do dispatchers wear uniforms?

  6. #6 by Anonymous on August 6, 2009 - 10:49 pm

    >Justice will prevail and when it does there will be no question in anyones mind that he is guilty!

  7. #7 by Anonymous on August 6, 2009 - 11:31 pm

    >I just can't believe it, I don't think he is capable of this type of crime I can hardly wait to hear his side of the story. Remember innocent until proven guilty

  8. #8 by Anonymous on August 7, 2009 - 5:28 am

    >I think he could use our prayer right now. There are always two sides to every story and sometimes folks that are innocent get the book thrown at them when the other party was just as guilty. If he is PROVEN guilty, then he has to learn his lesson, but until that time comes…just pray for him and her and their families!!!!!

  9. #9 by Anonymous on August 7, 2009 - 2:00 pm

    >My personal opinion is that if he is innocent, then the victim should receive the same punishment for the crime if he would be guilty. It is astonishing how people can accuse others of rape, and when they are found not guilty, no outcome occurs. I can't wait to hear his side of the story as most of you have stated that there are two sides to every story but how is it fair that one can be accused and face the public discrimination and profiling that he has when he may not be guilty. If found not guilty, I would give the victim 10 years just for false accusations and for hindering his reputation.

  10. #10 by Anonymous on August 7, 2009 - 2:36 pm

    >With the extremely sensitive nature of this subject, I'm really not sure public comments are appropriate for either the victim or accused.

  11. #11 by Darke Journal on August 7, 2009 - 3:49 pm

    >The above comment is probably wise. Hunt is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Comments are now closed on this story.

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