Update: Case Dismissed in Bromley Hall Rape Investigation

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The case against a Rocky River man accused of rape has been dismissed in Athens County Municipal Court.

John Hyland, was charged with one count of rape in September 2015, and in November, the case was dismissed by Municipal Judge William A. Grim. The record was then sealed after its dismissal in March 2017 by Judge Todd Grace, also of the Athens County Municipal Court.

A Rocky River man has been arrested in one of the rape investigations being conducted by university police.

John P. Hyland, 20, was charged with one count of rape and is being held on $100,000 bond after being arrested Friday in Rocky River. Ohio University Police Department detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest, according to a news release by the department.

Hyland was charged after a female resident of Bromley Hall went to police on Sept. 26 reporting she had been raped. The alleged victim told police Hyland was “an acquaintance who was staying in her room as a guest,” according to the news release.

She accused Hyland of engaging in sexual intercourse with her “while she was sleeping and without her consent.”

The first-degree felony charge of rape carries a maximum penalty of 11 years in prison.

Hyland is not an OU student, police stated in the release.

The Bromley Hall case is one of nine reported sex offenses on OU’s campus since the semester began. Only one other case has led to charges, but the charges, against Reginald R. Williams II, were withdrawn before the case entered court proceedings.