Man charged after Ohio Wesleyan student accuses him of rape

Brandon Ward

DELAWARE, OH (WCMH) — A local university student said she was raped by a man after she treated him to food and a movie.

The 21-year-old woman is a student at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware. The man charged with rape, sexual battery and theft is Brandon Ward, 29. Ward is not a student, but the victim told Delaware police she knew him.

Court records show the alleged rape happen on June 24 at Bashford Hall on OWU campus, after she told police she invited him in, she ate and fell asleep during the movie.

She told authorities she was able to get away during the assault and locked him out of her dorm room. Captain Adam Moore with Delaware Police said Ward is charged with theft after the victim said he stole $609 from her room.

Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien said she cannot say much about the case at this point, other than “We have a person who was being nice to someone and she was taken advantage of.”

The victim reported the rape at Grady Memorial Hospital staff and Delaware police were called. Captain Moore said Ward was arrested July 24 in Columbus by the US Marshal’s Fugitive Taskforce.

NBC4 asked OWU students about staying safe on campus.

“Especially with students when they go out and meet someone from town, you always have to take extra precautions. Even when you meet someone here from OWU makes sure you are with a group of friends,” Chandler Haskins is a Resident Assistant and junior.

“I am a firm believer in the fact you can be as safe as you want, but ultimately the problem doesn’t lie with the victim,” said Kaden Vaugh Thompson, also an OWU Junior.

Both juniors are also members of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, which works with a national group called RAIN, Rape, Abuse and Incest National Networking. Vaughn Thompson said the group combats rape culture on campus and  in our society.

Police said Ward does not have a home address and stayed with others around Delaware. No one is saying how Ward and the student met.

Ward is being held in the Delaware County Jail on a $250,000 bond. A court date has been set for his arraignment in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.

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