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Jury finds Middletown man guilty of rape, kidnapping; not guilty of other sexual assaults

Taranpreet Singh
Posted at 12:11 PM, Oct 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-04 22:30:27-04

HAMILTON — A Middletown man was found guilty of the rape and kidnapping of a woman in 2019, but the jury found Taranpreet Singh not guilty of two other alleged sexual assaults.

During Singh’s trial last week in Butler County Common Pleas Court, prosecutors said he terrorized and raped women after offering them rides in Middletown and Hamilton in 2019 and 2020.

The defense said the 31-year-old man made bad choices while having marital difficulties and began picking up prostitutes.

Singh was found guilty Friday night of rape and kidnapping for the assault on Sept. 5, 2019, of a woman he offered a ride from Circle K on Pleasant Avenue. She said the man, identified as Singh, stopped the vehicle on East Avenue and dragged her by the hair into an abandoned building and raped her.

The verdict followed four days of testimony and several hours of deliberation. Judge Michael Oster Jr. set sentencing for Nov. 15. Singh faces a maximum of 22 years in prison.

The defense brought up the alleged victims’ past criminal records and, in two cases, said they were slow to report the assaults. In one case, the alleged victim was proven to be less than truthful about a previous case.

“These women are prostitutes,” defense attorney Steve Kilburn said during opening statements. “He is ashamed and embarrassed that he picked up prostitutes. Just because Mr. Singh’s DNA was found does not mean he raped anyone.”

Singh, of Village Drive in Middletown, was found not guilty of multiple felony charges for alleged sexual assaults of two other women in 2020. Charges involving a fourth victim were dismissed before trial.