77-year-old man accused in rape of 6-year-old girl

Philip Eckman (Source: Clermont County Sheriff's Office)
Philip Eckman (Source: Clermont County Sheriff's Office)

BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) - A 77-year-old Clermont County man has been charged with rape in a case involving a 6-year-old girl.

Philip Earl Eckman is being held at the Clermont County Jail.

Police say the victim was an acquaintance of Eckman, and the alleged sexual conduct occurred earlier this year at Eckman's residence.

After an extensive investigation, a warrant was filed through Clermont County Municipal Court for Eckman's arrest. He was apprehended at his residence on Eckman Lane in Newtownsville on Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators say additional charges may follow.

His bond was set at $500,000 during his arraignment Wednesday morning.

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