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Rape suspect arrested

By Brandon Addeo • Apr 3, 2019 at 5:00 PM

MARGARETTA TWP. — The Erie County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Sandusky sex offender Tuesday who is accused of raping a woman.

Troy Riedy, 49, of Mason Road, faces one count of first-degree felony rape. He was arrested after 6 p.m. at a residence on Main Street in Bellevue.

Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said the alleged rape occurred in a Margaretta Township home on Jan. 10.

A woman at the home told law enforcement she awoke naked next to Riedy and did not remember what happened, but believed she was sexually assaulted, Oliver said.

Riedy allegedly told deputies nothing happened, Oliver said. But he allegedly later admitted there was sexual activity, but claimed it was consensual.

“We believe the victim’s ability to resist or consent to the activity was substantially impaired,” Oliver said. “We believe Mr. Riedy had knowledge of this.”

The woman had a sexual assault examination at a hospital, and DNA evidence — later found to allegedly match Riedy’s DNA — was located, Oliver said.

Riedy was convicted of rape and gross sexual imposition in Erie County in 1997. Riedy was released from prison in 2012 after serving 15 years, and is listed in an Ohio sex offender database as a “sexual predator.”

The sheriff’s office posted Riedy’s image on their Facebook page Tuesday asking the public for information on his whereabouts. Oliver said Riedy indicated to them he would turn himself in, but never did.

“We would like to thank all of those who reached out to us with information,” Oliver said.

Oliver also thanked the law enforcement agencies who assisted: The Huron County Sheriff’s Office, the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office, Bellevue police and the U.S. Secret Service.

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