Ohio man admits to raping disabled girl for over 18 months when he took polygraph test for state trooper job
28-year-old Nathan Hoyle has been charged with one count of rape, two counts of sexual battery, and one count of gross sexual imposition over the incident
An Ohio man's sexual assault of a developmentally disabled girl around 10 years ago came to light after he applied for a job with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and now he's facing multiple felony charges of rape.
According to the Wooster Daily Record, an indictment filed at the Wayne County Common Pleas Court alleges that 28-year-old Nathan Hoyle of Montclair Avenue, Wooster, raped the girl between January 2008 and July 2009, when he was between 17 and 18 years old, and when the victim was between 13 and 14 years old.
According to reports, Hoyle seemingly confessed to sexually assaulting the girl in 2009 during a background investigation while he was applying for the job in February 2017.
Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Craig Cvetan said when any criminal allegations or admissions is uncovered during the process of application, the information is handed to local law enforcement for further investigation and processing.
In this case, the information about the assault was passed down to the Wooster Police, who began their own investigation into the 28-year-old in November 2017.
Wooster Police Assistant Chief Scott Rotolo said detectives from the department got around to speaking to Hoyle themselves, and he admitted to engaging in the sexual assault to them as a well.
In an email, Rotolo wrote that the 28-year-old indicated he got access to the victim because he was a friend of the family and that he also said he was "fully aware at the time of the offense that the victim was a juvenile and mentally disabled."
Hoyle was then "permanently disqualified" from applying for the Ohio State Highway Patrol following a polygraph exam in January 2018, with spokesperson Cvetan explaining that the polygraph exam was a standard part of the application process to become a trooper.
Hoyle has been charged with one count of rape, a first-degree felony, two counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony, and one count of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony.
The 28-year-old entered a plea of not guilty this past Wednesday, March 6, and is currently free on bond, though he is subject to continuous GPS monitoring.
The Wooster Daily Record reported that neither Hoyle nor his attorney, John Johnson Jr., have responded to requests for comments yet.