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Court charges accused serial rapist with newest victim

Brandon Addeo • Jan 31, 2018 at 8:45 PM

NORWALK — A Huron County grand jury recently indicted accused serial rapist McClain Durst on new sex charges.

The indictment came down Jan. 26 and includes one count of first-degree felony rape and one count of fourth-degree felony unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, according to Huron County Common Pleas court records.

Durst has been incarcerated in the Huron County jail since July 22, 2017, when he was jailed on other charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and importuning stemming from an alleged incident in the West Clarksfield area in Huron County.

The new rape allegation occurred at about the same time last year, according to Huron County prosecutor James Sitterly.

“It’s been an ongoing investigation,” Sitterly said.

Sitterly confirmed the victim is a juvenile, and this is a different victim from the first rape allegation. He also said the alleged sex offense occurred in Huron County, but did not say where.

Durst was arraigned on the new charges Monday, where his attorney David Longo entered a provisional plea of not guilty, according to court records.

He has a first pretrial in the new case scheduled Feb. 26 and a jury trial scheduled April 27, according to court records.

Durst history

Durst will go to trial Feb. 13 for his first Huron County case in which he faces charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and importuning. 

Durst has another pending rape case in Sandusky County. This case stems from an alleged rape in the 300 block of Seneca Parkway on Oct. 14, 2015.

The case was originally set to go to trial in November, but an allegation from Durst’s attorney, that Sandusky County prosecutor Tim Braun met with Durst and discussed his case while Braun was still in private practice, triggered the appointment of Wood County prosecutor Paul Dobson as a special prosecutor for the case.

The allegation delayed the trial, which has still not been rescheduled. Durst has a pretrial in this case set for Feb. 7.

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Reach reporter Brandon Addeo at [email protected], follow him on Twitter @BrandonAddeo and follow the Register at Facebook.com/SanduskyRegister

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