Arlington Man Files Appeal In 2016 Rape Case

07/06/17 – 5:31 A.M.

An Arlington man is appealing his rape conviction for sexually assaulting a former classmate and friend. The Courier reports that 20-year-old Kyle McDowell was convicted in 2016 of three counts of rape, one count of gross sexual imposition, and one count of kidnapping with a sexual motivation. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

McDowell filed his appeal in the Lima 3rd District Court of Appeals and it is 74 pages long. The document claims that there were several legal errors made during the trial.

According to trial testimony, McDowell forced the victim into a basement bedroom. There he performed oral sex on her and penetrated her with his fingers and his penis. McDowell sent multiple messages via social media and texts to the victim afterward. The messages were forwarded to law enforcement and used as evidence.

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