Hillsboro man charged with rape


A Hillsboro man has been charged with two counts of rape in relation to two alleged sexual encounters with a minor, according to the Hillsboro Police Department.

Benjamin Jacob McClellan, 18, was arrested without incident at his residence on Friday, and charged with two counts of rape, a first-degree felony, after the juvenile reported the matter to police in August and an investigation was conducted, according to law enforcement.

The investigating officer said the charges stem from two incidents when McClellan allegedly raped the juvenile when she was 12 and 13 years old.

The officer said the matter was first brought to the Hillsboro Police Department’s attention when the juvenile came to the police station with a counselor on Aug. 31 and made a report.

“We talked to the victim, took statements from her, took evidence, then interviewed the suspect,” the officer said.

The officer said the evidence was sent to the Bureau of Criminal Identification Investigation crime lab, and results were recently returned.

“Those results offered some insight on what had happened,” he said. “We conferred with the Highland County Prosecutor’s Office reference the evidence and complaint, which led to us charging Benjamin McClellan on two counts of rape.”

According to online records, McClellan is being held in the Highland County jail on a $200,000 bond.

The case is set for a preliminary hearing Nov. 7.

Attorney Kathryn Hapner has been appointed to represent him.

Reach David Wright at 937-402-2570, or on Twitter @DavidWrighter.

HPD: Charges stem from two incidents involving juvenile

By David Wright


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