Saturday, March 09, 2002

Erlanger man indicted in rape of Loveland teen-ager

By Jim Hannah,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A convicted felon was indicted Friday, accused of luring a Loveland teen-ager to his Erlanger apartment where he allegedly had sex with her.

        Robert I. Galloway, 38, of Erlanger faces one count of third-degree rape and two counts of custodial interference.

        The girl's father, whom the Enquirer is not identifying to protect his daughter, has said he feels his daughter is lucky to be alive.He said the 16-year-old has the mental capacity of a third-grader and does not comprehend what happened.

        Mr. Galloway spent six years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter, admitting that he fatally shot his ex-wife, Vandora Harris of Newport. He was released from Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange in June 2000.

        In Kentucky, a person can be charged with third-degree rape when he or she engages in sexual intercourse with another person who is incapable of consent because he or she is mentally retarded or mentally incapacitated. The charge is a Class D felony to five years in prison.

        A person is guilty of custodial interference when he entices to keep any mentally disabled or other person from the custody of another person or institution. This is also a Class D felony.

        Mr. Galloway remained in the Kenton County Detention Center Friday afternoon on $50,000 bail. Mr. Galloway received the girl's phone number from a mutual friend who was in jail.

        He began calling the girl and persuaded her to come to his apartment in the 3100 block of Woodward Avenue, according to court records. On Jan. 8, Loveland High School officials allowed the two to leave school grounds together after they acted like father and daughter, according to court records.

        Police traced phone calls to find the girl at Mr. Galloway's apartment three days later.


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