SIDNEY — Seven months after the indictment of Jackson Center Police Chief Joseph E. Cotterman, another charge has been filed against him.
On Thursday, a Shelby County grand jury handed up an indictment of one count of rape, a felony of the first-degree.
According to the indictment he is accused of “during the time period of Jan. 1, 2009, and May 31, 2009, … he by force, did engage in sexual conduct with a 17-year-old female.”
The 36-year-old Jackson Center resident is currently set to stand trial Oct. 3, 4, and 5, on a gross sexual imposition charge. In that case he is accused of having sexual contact with a 19-year-old female on or about Jan. 27, 2016.
Cotterman has plead not-guilty to that charge and is set to be arraigned on the new charge Sept. 8 at 10 a.m.
In May the Jackson Center Village Council made an agreement with him to place him on unpaid leave, after several months of being on paid leave.
Lt. Chief Chuck Wirick has been the acting chief since the initial criminal complaint was filed in February.
No details about bond were available at press time, but he is being held in the Shelby County Jail as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Other indictments from Thursday’s meeting of the grand jury will appear in Saturday’s paper.
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