July 23, 2016

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Florida man, 20, accused of raping teen girls

MEDINA — A 20-year-old Florida man is set to stand trial Monday on two counts of forcible rape.

Ivan L. Ray IV

Ivan L. Ray IV, of Freeport, Fla., is accused of raping two Wadsworth girls — a 15-year-old on Dec. 12, 2011, and a 17-year-old in February 2012.

Ray has been in the Medina County Jail since his arrest July 10, with bond set at $100,000, 10 percent.

He pleaded not guilty July 16 to the charges, which are first-degree felonies punishable by up to 11 years in prison each.

The girls went to police in September 2012, according to court records.

Ray is represented by attorney Kristopher Aupperle, who was appointed last month. Ray’s attorney had been Bob Campbell, who withdrew from the case in September.

In two handwritten motions on Sept. 23 and Oct. 9, Ray said he “fired” Campbell because he tried to convince him to take a plea deal.

Ray said the prosecution has no evidence against him and he’s been sitting in jail over “bullcrap.”

“It is obvious she and her friend lied on me!” Ray wrote. “I have enough proof to prove otherwise!”

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier said Ray is leaning toward a bench trial, but he said a jury still would be called Monday. The trial is set to start at 1 p.m.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.