Grand jury indicts man on sexual assault charges

Posted at 3:47 PM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 15:47:11-05

BATAVIA, Ohio – A grand jury indicted a man accused of raping a Clermont County woman on six counts Thursday.

David D. Ford, 38, from Franklin County, entered a Bethel woman’s home without her consent and attacked her, breaking her nose before her sexually assaulted her Oct. 13, according to the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office.

A neighbor interrupted the assault, causing Ford to flee, prosecutors said.

Investigators later identified Ford as their suspect, and caught him hiding in a hay loft at the former Cahill Racing Stables outside Crittenden in Grant County, Kentucky.

Ford has prior convictions in Ohio for kidnapping, attempted rape and failure to register as a sex offender.

The grand jury indicted Ford on three counts of rape, one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated burglary and one count of felonious assault, with a “repeat violent offender specification” that could add 10 years to a prison sentence if he’s convicted.

Ford was being held in Clermont County Jail without bond. He’s due to appear in court for arraignment Friday morning.