>Ryan D. Hunt was acquitted on all charges Thursday evening following a trial in the Darke County Common Pleas Court. The jury deliberated approximately 45 minutes before returning a verdict of Not Guilty.
The story below originally appeared on DarkeJournal on August 5, 2009:
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]