Marietta man charged with rape of 12-year-old may have other victims

Photo by Michele Newbanks Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Derkin, attorney Jack Blakeslee and Devin Lindsey went before Washington County Common Pleas Judge Randall Burnworth Friday morning.

Police say two additional juvenile victims were found during the ongoing investigation of a 24-year-old Marietta man who was arrested last week for raping a 12-year-old girl.

Devin Lewis Lindsey, 24, of 408 Marion St., pleaded not guilty Friday after he was indicted this week on charges of having sexual relations with the girl. The alleged crime occurred on Oct. 19 in the woods near the Frontier Shopping Center in Marietta.

When he was arrested on Oct. 20, Lindsey told Marietta Police he had only met the girl two days prior with another juvenile female he knew. He denied ever being alone with her.

Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Derkin said that bond was set by the Marietta Municipal Court at $250,000 and he believes it should stay there.

“Looking at bond, you have to look at the seriousness of the charge. This is probably one of the worst charges that could come through court,” he said. “The victim was 12 years old. You also look at the evidence. He’s on video walking the little girl into the woods where he conducted the rape and then his DNA was found inside her in a rape kit.”

He said they also have his cell phone, which provided additional evidence.

“He’s a threat to juveniles,” Derkin said. “He grooms them through social media and he goes out and finds them when they are away from their parents.”

He added the two additional victims will be presented to the Washington County Grand Jury for more possible indictments against Lindsey.

Washington County Common Pleas Judge Randall Burnworth said Lindsey is facing life in prison with possible parole after 25 years.

“If you are convicted of rape, you will be automatically designated Tier 3 sexual offender status. That tier sexual offender status has a lifetime registration requirement,” Burnworth said.

This wasn’t the only time Lindsey had been in trouble with law enforcement recently. He was indicted in early October on one count of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony. He allegedly aided in storage of stolen money from a robbery in August at the American Legion Post 750 in Lowell.

He appeared before Burnworth on Oct. 17 and pleaded not guilty to receiving stolen property. Records show he had received approximately $4,300 from the robbery.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

• Devin Lindsey, 24, pleaded not guilty to one count of rape.

• His bond remains at $250,000.

• Two additional victims were reportedly found during the investigation.

• Lindsey is currently a Tier 1 child sex offender.

Source: Washington County Common Pleas Court.


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