Former officer faces rape charges


Larry Casey

BLANCHESTER — A former Ohio police officer and chief has been arrested and charged with the alleged 2009-2011 rape of a girl who was about 10 years old.

According to a grand jury indictment, Larry Casey, 47, of Gallipolis, Ohio was indicted for five counts each of rape and sexual battery and one count of unlawful sex with a consenting minor. The grand jury also alleged Casey was a sexually violent predator. Rape is a felony of the first degree, and sexual battery, the second.

In an effort to protect the identity of the alleged victim and the victim of Casey’s 2010 sexual battery case, to which Casey pleaded guilty, the Wilmington News Journal will not release information found in public records identifying the victims. Casey was in a position of trust to the alleged victim and the confirmed victim, both minors.

Casey was booked in the Clinton County Jail on June 26, where he remains on a $500,000 bond.

Casey will answer all charges in the Clinton County Court of Common Pleas, where he previously pleaded guilty to one count of sexual battery of a 15-year-old girl in 2010. No sentence was recommended as part of that plea agreement.

Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck sentenced Casey to a six-month, suspended jail term and five years of community controls in November, 2010. Rudduck terminated the community controls in December, 2013, for apparent compliance.

A letter to Casey from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office — a copy of which was received by the News Journal after a public records request to the state — shows that the AG’s office notified Casey in June, 2012 that his Peace Officer Certification was revoked, barring him from serving in law enforcement in Ohio. The letter was dated June 12, 2012, about 18 months after Casey had been sentenced for the 2010 sexual battery.

Casey is also facing charges of allegedly failing to report change of address as required by a registered sex offender and allegedly receiving a stolen gold chain, gold rings, a Playboy ring and gold teeth valued between $1,000 and $7,500.

Clinton County Children Services officials originally investigated for potential child abuse. The case was investigated by Wilmington Police Department Det. Bob Wilson, according to WPD Chief Duane Weyand.

It was also investigated by Blanchester police, according to BPD Chief Scott Reinbolt. The investigation revealed that between Sept. 1, 2009 and Sept. 30, 2011, the girl, who would have been nine to 11 years old, was raped by someone she knew while in Blanchester, Reinbolt said.

Reach Nathan Kraatz at 937-382-2574, ext. 2510 or on Twitter @NathanKraatz.