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Attempted rape allegations tied to city council

IPD ask state agency to investigate


Citing a conflict of interest, the Ironton Police Department has turned over to a state agency the investigation of attempted rape allegations that have ties to city council.

An Ironton woman has alleged a professional colleague attempted to rape her at her home Saturday, according to a 911 call log. Since the alleged assault happened within the city limits, investigation of it typically would come under the jurisdiction of the Ironton Police.

However, in a prepared statement, Ironton Police Chief Jim Carey said the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Identification would handle the case.

The allegation involves the Ironton City Council, Carey said, adding that he felt investigating the matter would be a conflict of interest and requested BCI&I to get involved.

“An attorney representing the accuser has been notified and was agreeable,” Carey said. “Thus, we will not be commenting further, nor releasing other information.”

According to the 911 log, the woman went to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital where a hospital employee called 911 on her behalf.

“(The employee) stated (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,” according to the narrative on the 911 call log.

Warren Morford, attorney for the alleged victim, said he had no comment at this time.

“If and when charges are filed, I might have something to say,” he said. “Right now they are beginning the investigation. Until the investigation concludes and they decide to file charges, I will stay silent.”

A phone call placed to the individual accused in the 911 call was not returned by press time.

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.