Troy man arraigned on rape charges

Additional victims add more charges

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — A Troy man was arraigned on rape charges in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Thursday.

A Miami County grand jury indicted Eric Massie, 43, of Troy, with one count of third-degree felony gross sexual imposition, six counts of second-degree felony unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of first-degree felony rape last month. Judge Jeannine Pratt set bond for $500,000 on all charges.

Massie entered a plea of not guilty for all nine charges. According to public defense attorney Steve Layman, Massie has lost his home since being incarcerated on the charges last June.

If convicted, Massie could spend 10 years to life on each count of rape.

According to assistant prosecutor Paul Watkins, more victims were identified during the course of the Troy Police Department’s investigation. The gross sexual imposition charges stemmed from three additional victims, now adults, from 1995 up to the 2016 charge, which led to Massie’s incarceration.

According to reports, the minor came forward to Troy Police Department authorities last June and alleged Massie had engaged in inappropriate sexual contact over the course of five years. The victim said he had been sexually abused since the age of 11 at Massie’s Morehead Street address. The victim claimed he would pretend to be asleep during the encounters.

According to reports, Massie voluntarily spoke with detectives and gave them consent to search his home on June 10, 2016. Officers located pornographic DVDs and multiple pieces of marijuana paraphernalia inside the home. An officer also located a journal with juvenile male pictures cut out from magazines and taped to the pages. Several of the pictures depicted cartoon captions with inappropriate statements drawn on them. Massie admitted the journal was his, but stated it was “from a long time ago.” Massie later admitted to engaging in various sexual acts with the juvenile “nine to 10 times” before requesting to speak with a lawyer.

According to court records, Massie pleaded no contest and was found guilty of a sexually-oriented offense in Miami County Common Pleas Court in 1997. He was sentenced to serve three years of probation and register as a sexually oriented offender for 10 years.

A pre-trial hearing was set for April 17.

In other news:

The grand jury also indicted Robert Creager, 73, of Piqua, on one count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of grand theft of a firearm, a third-degree felony. The charges stem from a break-in at Rudy Inc., Covington, where Creager allegedly stole a shotgun from the business in January. Creager also has charges pending in Butler County. His bond was set for $35,000 on both charges. He pleaded not guilty to both charges during Thursday’s arraignment.

Braxtyn Dickerson, 22, of Troy, war arraigned on one count of first-degree felony aggravated robbery. He entered a plea of not guilty. Dickerson was ordered to complete a bond check and bond set for $100,000. Dickerson was one of four co-defendants who allegedly pistol whipped victim, Thomas McQueary, 22, of Troy, last October at the America’s Best Inn. The three co-defendants were apprehended. Dickerson was at-large for several months before being arrested on the warrant. Dickerson also allegedly committed the offense while on community control.
Additional victims add more charges

By Melanie Yingst

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