Oxford rape case: Judge denies lower bond for 1 of 3 charged

One of three men charged with dozens of crimes for an alleged February sexual assault in Oxford was denied a bond reduction Monday in Butler County Common Pleas Court.

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Elijah Lee Mincy, 21, of North Campus Avenue, Oxford, is charged with 23 felony crimes, including three counts of rape, complicity to rape, sexual battery, kidnapping and complicity to rape. His bond was set at $250,000 earlier this month by Judge Michael Oster.

Attorney Michelle Temmel told Oster today that Mincy had no criminal background as an adult and until his arrest was a student at Miami University and also had a job. Temmel pointed out Mincy had strong family support, noting many were in the courtroom.

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Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Heile said the current bond was appropriate given the severity of the charges. Heile also said Mincy made phone calls from the Butler County Jail to others in which they had discussions about contacting the victim.

Oster then declined to lower bond and ordered Mincy to have no contact with the victim.

The allegations involve a single victim, a 19-year-old woman who was visiting Oxford on Feb. 11 and 12. The assault occurred in an off-campus apartment complex at 3770 Southpointe Parkway, Oxford Police Chief John Jones said.

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“This is a very brutal rape case,” Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser previously said. “One of the worst this office has seen.”

Also charged are:

  • Roger Richard Michael Simpson, 23, of Cincinnati, is charged with 23 felony crimes, including 10 counts of rape, sexual battery, complicity to rape and kidnapping. He was also in court today for a pre-trial hearing. His bond is set at $300,000.
  • Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II, 21, of Cincinnati is charged with 26 crimes, including two counts of rape, sexual battery, kidnapping and complicity to rape. Oster also set bond at $250,000 and ordered that he be confided to electronic home monitoring if released on bond.

Gibson’s attorneys have also filed a motion to have his bond lowered. All three men will be back in court on Aug. 7 when that motion will be considered by Oster. According to Gibson’s attorney, he was also a student a Miami.

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According to Carole Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Miami University, Simpson, Mincy and Gibson are not currently Miami students.

Police were called to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital during the early morning hours of Feb. 12 to investigate a reported sexual assault, according to the chief.

The victim was intoxicated at a party at a residence at the apartment complex and became separated from her friends, according to police.

The men are accused of luring the teen to another residence and sexually assaulting her, according to Oxford Police John Jones said.

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Jones said the case was presented directly to a grand jury after a lengthy investigation that included search warrants, interviews, and forensic analysis.

The 72-count indictment was handed down by a grand jury on June 14, but it was sealed until the suspects were arrested, according to Gmoser.

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