Trial For Woman Accused Of Raping Child Delayed

By
Susan Tebben - Athens Messenger staff reporter

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Updated Tue, Aug 6, 2013 4:25 pm
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Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail
Jennifer Davidson, 37, of Albany, Ohio

An Albany woman facing accusations of raping a 10-year-old child will have to wait a little longer to have her day in court.

Jennifer Davidson, 36, was scheduled to have a trial Tuesday in Athens County Common Pleas Court, but the trial was vacated, according to court records. In a meeting with Judge George McCarthy and Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn, defense attorneys for Davidson requested the trial be moved to Nov. 12.

Davidson was arrested on June 6 and charged with on one count of rape involving a juvenile, a first-degree felony, according to reports. A grand jury later found cause for an indictment on June 10 that charged Davidson with two counts of rape and one count of kidnapping.

The bill of particulars in the case alleges that on or about May 26, Davidson engaged in sexual conduct with the child at an apartment in The Plains. The document accuses Davidson of kidnapping the child "for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity."

Davidson was transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail and had her initial appearance in Athens County Municipal Court on June 7.

Davidson's $200,000 bond was set with 10 percent payment allowed. According to court records, L. Wayne Battrell paid the $20,000 needed to get Davidson released and it was paid in cash.

Ann Trout, County Clerk of Courts said an escort was needed to take the money to the bank.

A final pre-trial is scheduled for Oct. 30 in the case.

Defense attorney Herman Carson, of the Athens County Public Defenders Office, could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

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