December 20, 2014

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Lodi man acquitted of rape

Archer Daniel

Daniel Archer

A Medina County jury Thursday found a 34-year-old Lodi man not guilty of raping a family friend. Daniel Archer was acquitted after the jury deliberated about five hours.

If convicted, he could have faced up to 11 years in prison.

Archer’s attorney, David Gedrock, said the jurors made the right decision.

“The evidence didn’t prove the case,” he said.

Archer was accused of raping the 31-year-old wife of a friend in a camper trailer in Litchfield Township on Aug. 4 last year following a graduation celebration.

After returning in a “party bus” from a night of drinking in The Valley bar district of Akron, she told police she went to sleep in the camper and awakened to Archer raping her.

During opening arguments Tuesday, Gedrock told the jurors that his client got in the wrong bed by mistake, but there was no sex.

“Two people — (the woman) and Dan — got in the wrong bed. That’s what happened,” he said.

Gedrock said physical evidence and expert testimony that “was most crucial” to the prosecution’s case was flawed.

County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury told the jury during opening arguments that investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation discovered semen on the woman’s underwear that matched Archer’s DNA.

But Gedrock said that during cross-examination, the BCI expert said the DNA match could have come from sweat, saliva or skins cells.

“I got them to admit it wasn’t conclusive,” Gedrock said. “If it isn’t conclusive, how does that prove beyond reasonable doubt that my client was guilty?

“That’s not evidence of sexual conduct and they need that to prove rape.”

Gedrock said he understood allegations of rape must be thoroughly investigated. But he questioned the decision to prosecute his client.

“I really think they should have been more realistic in his case,” Gedrock said. “The evidence was weak.”

County Prosecutor Dean Holman said he had no regrets about going forward.

“We put on the best case we could, and the jury decided the verdict of not guilty,” Holman said. “We accept the jury’s verdict.”

Archer’s brother, Greg Archer, of Chatham Township, argued the case never should have gone to trial.

“They had no hard evidence,” he said. “That prosecutor just got up and lied to the jury, and they didn’t buy it.”

Greg Archer said his brother’s friends and family planned to celebrate the verdict Thursday night.

The trial began Monday with jury selection.

The case was handed to the seven men and five women on the jury Wednesday afternoon.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.


  • Shirley

    THE ONLY CORRUPTION IN THAT COURT ROOM IS “the defendant and his family of liars” I also sat in that court room and I have lived through this nightmare and your opinion is not fact… the fact is that dans dna , or more specifically seminal fluid was found and was a 1 in 700,000 dna profile match… your defense claims it could be sweat or saliva, well let me ask you this , how does a mans sweat or saliva end up on a woman who is fully dressed, I will bet you have no explanation for that do you? Also the dna specialist testified that even though there were no sperm found because the defendant had a vasectomy which means he no longer releases sperm in his seminal fluid, there are still components in the fluid found that tested higher then sweat or saliva, these high levels are only found in seminal fluid, bet you cant and wont explain that one either will you? I challenge this person who wrote this article to respond to my post and name yourself also because I wont back down to your lies or the fact that dan commited this crime against ME! Yes me … the victim, that was victimized all over again by a jury of 12 men and women, my advice the author of this article assuming you are one of his family members is to spend less time writing articles on the gazette about corruption, since it was 12 corrupt jurors who allowed this charged rapist to be set free… you should be thankful for the corrupt people of medina county , spend more time praying to god for your family, and pray he that he wont do this again. I will never accept this verdict and I will continue to speak the truth, about my rape that night, the people of medina county have failed me and with that I have struggled, but I will overcome this and I will continue to fight your lies and excuses , it is not okay to enter a sleeping womans room and have sex with her while she is passed out… that is rape… and that is a fact. A fact im sure you can never accept but let me tell you from experience , the truth is hard to swallow. I personally would like to thank the prosecuter and detective on the case, for their efforts, im just sorry the jury was so corrupt. You mention that the prosecuter called dan a rapist in his closing arguement, well if the shoe fits wear it! Please dont forget to mention also that the defense lawyer Gedrock made a statement that the victim has nothing to lose, and dan stands to lose alot, well hmm let me think, I seem to remember dan making the decision that raping me was worth jeopardizing his own family and freedom, he gambled and he won, but the effects have been traumatic and lasting for me, he and his family were my “friends” . However even though I didnt recieve justice for this , I have gained some knowledge… they were never my friends and they are all sick people who I dont want in my life or my childrens lives, I know that accepting things a loved one may have done is difficult but I pray
    that someday they will see the light. Now for those of you who feel compelled to respond on behalf of dan please feel free, but this time dont be scared… name yourself! I am not afraid of you , dont be afraid to confront me personally. I wish more people would stand up for victims of crime and not the offender… this was a sad situation and a sad event in my life but I will rise above and find comfort in a clear conscience, something I beleive he will never have.