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Man accused of raping girl under 10

A 40-year-old Bethel Township man has been indicted on three counts of rape of a child younger than the age of 10.

James Gibson, formerly of 1221 Campbell Avenue, was directly indicted by a Clark County grand jury Monday on three counts of rape. The charges stem from a series of alleged sexual encounters with a young girl Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Driscoll said Gibson knew personally.

The alleged sexual relationship was discovered in September 2012 after the girl was taken to Dayton Children’s Medical Center due to a medical issue and she confided to her mother about what was happening. The three counts relate to three separate rape acts, Driscoll said.

Cases such as the one against Gibson are always difficult to prosecute because of the victim’s age, Driscoll said.

“In cases such as this, you usually don’t have eyewitnesses. You have a child who is under the age of 10 who is … now going to be put through more struggles because of this,” he said. “We do our best, and hopefully we’re going to hold Mr. Gibson accountable for what he’s done.”

The prosecutor’s office worked with the Clark County Child Advocacy Center to investigate the allegations and then presented the case to a grand jury. Gibson has been cooperating through his attorney, Driscoll said.

He has not been arrested on the charges and will remain out of jail at least until his arraignment, which is scheduled for Feb. 14.

If convicted in the case, Gibson could face 15 years to life in prison.

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