Friday, January 18, 2002

Grand jury gets teen rape case

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — The case against Robert Galloway, the Erlanger man charged with raping a Loveland teen-ager, was sent to a Kenton County grand jury Thursday, and the 38-year-old man remains in jail.

        Authorities found two letters, apparently written by the girl, at Mr. Galloway's house, both stating she was in “good hands” and “not to worry about her,” Erlanger Police Officer Patrick Yarusso said during a hearing Thursday. One letter was addressed to her parents, while the other was addressed to Crime Stoppers.

        “We suspect Mr. Galloway helped her in some way with these letters,” her father, whom the Enquirer is not identifying to protect his daughter, said after the hearing. “She would have never thought of writing to Crime Stoppers.”

        The father, who attended the preliminary hearing, said his 16-year-old daughter will be tested for mental retardation and is being home-schooled for now. He said the teen has the mental capacity of a third-grader and does not comprehend what happened.

        The father thinks his daughter was in danger with Mr. Galloway, a convicted killer.


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