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Woman reports rape attempt



An Ironton woman is alleging a professional colleague attempted to rape her at her home Saturday, according to a 911 call log obtained from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

A suspect is named in the log’s narrative written by Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Layman.

It is The Tribune’s policy — under most circumstances — not to name rape or sexual assault victims or the accused until they are formally charged.

According to the log, the woman went to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Ky., where a hospital employee called 911 on the woman’s behalf, asking for a sheriff’s detective. The call was made at 9:22 p.m. Sunday.

“(The hospital employee) stated that (the woman) had told her that (the man) had tried to rape her at her home last night and she had to fight him off,” Layman wrote. “I advised her I would try to contact (a sheriff’s detective) and would return her call as soon as I talked to him.”

Layman then contacted Ironton Police Detective Capt. Chris Bowman because the alleged attack occurred within the city limits.

Bowman told Layman to advise the woman to contact him Monday to file a report.

The hospital later called 911 to ask for a rape kit from the state police. The hospital was told that Ohio doesn’t have state police and that Ironton Police would provide the kit.

As of Monday afternoon there was no report on the alleged incident filed with the city police, according to Chief Jim Carey.

“We haven’t had anybody come in to make a complaint with us,” Carey said.