Troy man charged with child rape

MIAMI COUNTY — On Wednesday, a 19-year-old Troy man was arraigned in Miami County Municipal Court on one count of first-degree felonious rape of a child under the age of 13.

Nicholas Ferguson, 19, of Troy, was arrested by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.

The alleged crime took place at the victim’s grandmother’s home in Casstown on June 22.

At the time of the incident, Ferguson had stayed overnight at the home with his girlfriend, who is the victim’s 19-year-old aunt.

The grandmother claimed to have had a bad feeling about leaving the home for work on the morning of June 22. The grandmother took the day off work and returned to the home after being gone for about an hour. She found the child and Ferguson both awake, but in separate rooms. The victim told the grandmother that Ferguson had laid behind her on the couch and sexually assaulted her that morning.

Judge Elizabeth Gutmann set bond for $500,000. A preliminary hearing was set for July 14.