Ohio teen competent for trial in rape of 90-year-old woman

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ruled that an Ohio boy who was 13 when he was accused of raping a 90-year-old woman is competent to stand trial.

The Lima News reports that the now-14-year-old boy will be tried as a juvenile under Ohio’s serious youthful offender law. That means he could eventually end up in the adult system.

The Lima teen is charged with rape, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and abduction. Police say he knocked on the woman’s door, forced his way in and raped her on Aug. 13, 2011. He was linked to the case through DNA.

With serious youthful offender status, the judge can hang an adult penalty over his head. Then if he fails to behave in the juvenile system, adult sanctions could kick in.

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