HAMILTON, Ohio — Butler County Sheriff’s detectives are processing Friday a 12-foot-high shed that was towed away from the backyard of a New Miami man who is accused of raping four boys.
Investigators believe Luke D. Buchanan may have assaulted the boys in the shed, Sgt. Rick Bucheit told the Journal-News. The shed was also in the yard of one of his former residences.
Buchanan was indicted Wednesday on 19 felony charges. The sheriff’s office has been investigating the allegation for about two weeks.
The 34-year-old is charged with five counts of rape of a child under the age of 13 and three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He also faces multiple charges of permitting consumption or possession of alcohol by an underage person, gross sexual imposition, attempted rape and attempted gross sexual imposition.
Buchanan, who is married with children, knew the victims through their relationship with his family, said Butler County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Whitlock.
According to the indictment, Buchanan is accused of using alcohol and marijuana to lure the boys into the storage unit. The boys referred to it as “the clubhouse.”
Detective Joe Fuller Fuller believes it was all designed to bring boys in to victimize.
"He supplied these children with alcohol and marijuana on a regular basis, and then there is the sexual assaults which entailed the rape and the gross sexual imposition," he said.
Detectives said Buchanan was “basically living in the shed,” even sleeping inside it while his wife and children went to bed inside the family on N. Riverside Drive home.
Cameras were not allowed inside the wooden structure because of what detectives called the “sensitive nature of the investigation.”
But they told WCPO reporter Jay Warren there were beer cans and video games inside, as well as a refrigerator and microwave. It also has a prominently displayed basketball hoop attached to it.
Evidence from the shed will be sent to a lab for testing.
Fuller said his office is working to determine if there are any other victims. One way they're doing that is by releasing images of the shed and information about it in the hope other victims may recognize it.
"We have allegations going back as far as, at this point, early last summer of 2013 and we are just trying to get the shed out here in case any child recognizes it and wants to come forward," he said.
Buchanan was booked into the Butler County Jail on June 10 after a search warrant was executed at his residence and evidence was seized.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Butler County.
Anyone with information about Buchanan’s activities or any other victims, is asked to call Detective Joe Fuller at 513-785-1300 or 513-785-1239.