LIMA — A Columbus Grove man has pleaded not guilty to 10 rape charges and three other felony counts, according to the man’s lawyer, Zachary D. Maisch.
Richard J. Byrd, 62, was charged in Allen County Common Pleas Court with 10 counts of rape, each a first-degree felony; two counts of sexual battery, each a third-degree felony; and one count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony.
Court documents indicate the alleged victim was under the age of 13.
Maisch declined to comment about the facts of the case. A call to the Allen County prosecutor’s office was not immediately returned Tuesday.