National Guard lieutenant colonel accused of repeatedly raping child until someone caught him

Kate Linderman
The Charlotte Observer

An Ohio national guardsman is accused of raping a child multiple times until someone caught him and took the child to the police station, according to Ohio officials.

Steven Vicario was charged with three counts of rape, one count of gross sexual imposition and tampering with evidence between October 2022 and November 2023, according to court documents. He pleaded not guilty in court April 24, according to WBNS.

Vicario’s attorney did not immediately respond to McClatchy News’s request for comment.

Delaware police said Vicario was found in a bedroom with a 14-year-old girl while he was partially undressed, WCMH reported. The girl was taken to the police station and then to the hospital, WCMH reported.

According to his LinkedIn, Vicario is a lieutenant colonel and serves as the mobilization and readiness specialist for the US Army Military District of Washington, and Army Major Command, and the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region, a Component Command of US Northern Command.

He was put on leave without pay, WSYX reported.

The Ohio National Guard did not respond to McClatchy News’ request for comment.

He was indicted April 18 and arrested, according to court documents. His bond was set at $500,000.

His jury trial is scheduled to begin June 25.

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