Middletown man charged with raping fellow assisted care resident

A 71-year-old man charged with rape in an incident at a Middletown assisted care facility remains in jail awaiting presentation of the case to a grand jury.

Gary Earls was arrested by police after the November incident at Close to Home on Roosevelt Boulevard.

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Officers were called to the facility on Nov. 17 by staff member who said they heard a female resident screaming.

The worker thought the woman had fallen, but when she went into the room she saw Earls, also a resident at the facility, on top of the woman, according to the police report. Both were naked.

A medical squad transported the woman to Atrium Medical Center where an examination was performed and a rape kit was completed.

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Earls was taken to the detective section. Lt. Scott Reeve said detectives were going to take the case directly to a Butler County grand jury for presentation, but decided Earls needed to be taken into custody.

Earls’ case was bound over to grand jury for consideration on Dec. 1 after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Bond was set at $100,000 in Middletown Municipal Court.

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