Man pleads guilty in decades old rape case

Tipp man enters guilty plea in other case

Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — In Miami County Common Pleas Court, a Piqua man entered a guilty plea on one count of first degree felony rape through the prosecutor’s office bill of information on Tuesday.

Braden Brelsford, 47, of Piqua, entered the guilty plea with a joint recommendation to drop two additional counts of first degree felony rape in the same case. As part of the plea agreement, Brelsford also waived his right to appeal.

The charge is in connection with allegations of rape that occurred more than two decades ago. The now-adult victim reported the allegations to Miami County Sheriff’s Office detectives, divulging that the alleged sexual assault occurred when the victim was under 10 years of age.

The agreement also recommended Brelsford serve a four year prison sentence. Brelsford could face three to 11 years in prison and face a $20,000 maximum fine.

Upon release from prison, Brelsford will be designated as a Tier III sex offender and have to register with the sheriff’s office every 90 days and ordered not to live within 1,000 feet of a school or day care facility for the rest of his life and complete five years of parole.

Judge Gee ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set Brelsford’s sentencing date for Oct. 19.

In other court news:

A Tipp City man entered a plea of guilty for the first degree felony charge of rape on Monday.

Mark Donohoo, 50, of Tipp City, entered the guilty plea in Miami County Common Pleas Court with Judge Christopher Gee presiding.

According to the plea agreement, prosecutors will dismiss the second degree felony corrupting another with drug charges.

The charge stemmed from the Sept. 13, 2014, rape of a 15 year-old girl in Troy whom Donohoo knew through various friends.

According to reports, the teen met up with Donohoo to buy her cigarettes. On the way to a gas station, the teen told Donohoo she had a headache and Donohoo handed her several unidentifiable pills. The girl told police she remembered waking up in various states of undress with Donohoo hovering over her, telling her he loved her before she passed out again. The victim was taken to a local hospital where medical professionals performed a rape kit test.

Donohoo pleaded guilty to the third degree felony weapons under disability charge in previous court proceedings.

Donohoo remains in Miami County Jail with a $250,000 bond. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 26.

Tipp man enters guilty plea in other case

Melanie Yingst