KSU student charged with rape for sexual contact with 14-year-old girls

Record-courier staff report Published:

A Kent State University student is being held in the Portage County jail without bond pending his arraignment Monday on charges of rape and soliciting a juvenile for sex.

Portage County Sheriff David Doak said Benjamin R. Schwartz, 19, of 1936 Kimberly Drive, Franklin Township, was arrested Friday and charged with rape, a first-degree felony, and importuning, a fifth-degree felony.

He will be arraigned on the charges Monday in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna, according to the sheriff's office. Additional charges may be filed after the case is presented to a Portage County grand jury.

Doak said detectives started an investigation on Feb. 17 after it was reported that Schwartz had sexual contact with two 14-year-old girls earlier that day.

Schwartz allegedly was chaperoning a slumber party involving numerous juveniles at his residence on that day when he was able to separate one victim from the other girls, at which time a sexual assault took place, according to the sheriff's office.

Further investigation revealed Schwartz had sexual contact with another 14-year-old girl at his residence on the afternoon of Feb. 16, according to the sheriff's office.

Schwartz is listed as a sophomore biotechnology major at KSU, according to the online student directory.

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