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Wheelersburg Man Arrested for Rape, Voyeurism

COLUMBUS (Kate Liebers) -- A 54-year-old Wheelersburg man was arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman for several years since she was a young teenager.

Richard B. Howard was charged with one first-degree felony count of rape and two fifth-degree felony counts of voyeurism, the Scioto County Sheriff's Office reported Thursday.

The charges follow a November report of a woman saying she had been sexually assaulted for several years, beginning in March of 1996 when she was 13.

Detectives learned that the suspect had been taking videos and pictures of the victim during these assaults, and that he later bragged about having this footage.

Officers served a search warrant on a safety deposit box, which led to a consent search at Howard's home. 

Howard is now in jail on a $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear at the Portsmouth Municipal Court on Dec. 13. 

Sheriff Marty V. Donini said Howard may face additional charges in this ongoing case.

SCSO has received information that there may be more victims. They encouraged anyone with information regarding this case to contact Det. Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091. All calls will remain anonymous.
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