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Ex-Loveland police officer indicted on rape, sexual battery charges, prosecutor says

Anthony Pecord, a former police officer, is facing two counts of rape, according to court...
Anthony Pecord, a former police officer, is facing two counts of rape, according to court records.(Hamilton County Justice Center)
Updated: Mar. 15, 2021 at 3:13 PM EDT
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LOVELAND, Ohio (FOX19) - A former Loveland police officer has been indicted on numerous rape and sexual battery charges, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced Monday.

Anthony Pecord was indicted on eight counts of rape and eight counts of sexual battery, the prosecutor said.

Pecord used an “intoxicant” to impair the victim’s ability to consent on Jan. 24, according to court documents.

The next day, the alleged incident was reported and prompted a formal investigation, Loveland Chief of Police Dennis Sean Rahe said in a memo at the time.

A statement from the City of Loveland said Pecord was placed on paid administrative leave as soon as allegations related to off-duty conduct were reported to the city.

Pecord submitted his resignation to Chief Rahe effective Feb. 26.

The city also says it immediately hired an outside investigator.

“We take all cases of sexual assault seriously,” Deters said on Monday. “But when acts like this are committed by someone in a position of power and public trust, it is especially sickening. Once this behavior was reported, the City of Loveland and the Loveland Police Department cooperated fully with the investigation.”

Pecord appeared in court a week ago and a judge set his bond at $1 million.

The accused former officer is still being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center, according to Deters.

Pecord faces up to 88 years in prison if he is convicted on all charges, the prosecutor said.

Deters also said there is a concern there might be more people who were victimized by Pecord. He said anyone who might be a victim should call the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Detective Losekamp at 513-595-7484.

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