July 29, 2014

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Ray trial: Boyfriend threatened alleged rapist

MEDINA — When high school student Devon Senz’s girlfriend said she’d been raped by Ivan L. Ray IV, Senz decided to confront him.

At Ray’s trial Tuesday, Senz testified that he messaged Ray on Facebook and threatened to kill him.

Ivan Ray

“She didn’t tell me to do it, but I couldn’t help myself,” said Senz, now 18. “It pissed me off.”

Ray responded: “I could have had her any time I wanted, and I already did.”

The Facebook messages were entered into evidence Tuesday.

Ray, 20, of Florida, whose trial began Monday and will continue today at 9:15 a.m., is charged with two counts of forcible rape. The charges are first-degree felonies punishable by up to 11 years in prison each.

The rape accusations came from two high school students — now ages 19 and 17.

The older of the two went to police when she was 17, accusing Ray of raping her in February 2012. Her friend, who was 15 at the time, sat in on the police interview for moral support and revealed when it was over that she too was raped by Ray weeks before the woman.

The older girl testified Monday that she and Ray met on Facebook. Ray invited her over when no one else was home, she said, and the two began to watch a movie. She said Ray made a pass at her and she rejected him, but Ray — a former wrestler — held her down and raped her.

Under cross-examination Monday and Tuesday, the woman answered “I don’t know” or “I can’t remember” to many questions from defense attorney Kristopher Aupperle, including what kind of pants Ray wore that day and whether they saw each other afterward.

Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury suggested that the woman didn’t remember because those details weren’t important.

“It’s not that you don’t remember. It’s that you don’t want to answer his questions, right?” Salisbury asked her.

“Right,” she answered.

“To you, what are the important facts about this?” Salsibury asked.

“The fact that I said ‘no’ and that so much of my life was taken away,” the woman said through tears.

“Does it matter at all what color his shorts were or whether he was wearing jeans or whether you went fishing with him?” Salisbury said.

“Not at all,” she responded.

The woman’s friend also testified Tuesday.

“At first I tried to get him off me,” the girl said, “but I sort of went into shock and I stopped struggling.”

She said a car pulled into the driveway, which prompted Ray to get off her.

Ray’s attorney produced the girl’s written statement to police, which he said differed from her testimony.

The girl read the report on the stand and acknowledged that she wrote someone was coming home, but never said anything about a car pulling in the driveway.

There is no jury. Ray opted for a bench trial, meaning Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier will decide the verdict.

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