Trial moved to 2020 for Middletown man indicted for child rape

William L. Powell, 69, of the 1300 block of Oxford State Road, was arrested in September 2018 and later indicted by a Butler County grand jury for three counts of rape, gross sexual imposition, two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor. His trial is set for Jan. 6. FILE PHOTO

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William L. Powell, 69, of the 1300 block of Oxford State Road, was arrested in September 2018 and later indicted by a Butler County grand jury for three counts of rape, gross sexual imposition, two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor. His trial is set for Jan. 6. FILE PHOTO

A trial for a Middletown man indicted by a Butler County grand jury for three counts of rape has been set for next year in Butler County Common Pleas Court.

Judge Greg Stephens said there was a scheduling conflict next week, so the trial was continued until Jan. 6, 2020. The judge also said both parties agreed there would be “no resolution” short of a trial.

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William L. Powell, 69, of the 1300 block of Oxford State Road, was arrested in September 2018 and later indicted by a Butler County grand jury for three counts of rape, gross sexual imposition, two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor.

The alleged victim reported sexual abuse beginning at age 10 and continuing until she was 18.

Powell is free after posting a $405,000 bond last year. He’s represented by Michael Brush.

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