COLUMBIA CITY — A Whitley County man is facing two Level 1 felony charges after allegedly raping a teenage child in Whitley County.
Steven Slater, 64, is accused of rape and sexual misconduct with a minor. Sexual misconduct with a minor is defined as performing or submitting to sexual conduct with a child between the ages of 14-16.
The alleged events took place Sept. 16, 2017.
According to a police report, the victim was allegedly provided alcohol until she passed out at Slater’s home in Miami Village. The victim and Slater were allegedly the only ones in the home that night. When she awoke, she allegedly experienced pain and was treated by the Sexual Assault Treatment Center in Fort Wayne.
The report states Slater told police “he didn’t remember anything and that he hoped to God he didn’t do anything to her.”
Slater later provided his DNA, which was found to be present on 11 samples taken of the victim. The results were provided to local law enforcement Feb. 12. Charges were filed Feb. 16 and Slater was arrested Feb. 20 and has a $300,000 surety bond.
An initial hearing was held last week. Both level one felonies are punishable by up to 40 years of incarceration. He will appear in court again March 26.