Sheriff Jeffery D. Paden said on Saturday March 25, 2023 shortly before 2:00 p.m. his deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call from a Cumberland area residence regarding a juvenile female reportedly being sexually assaulted. Deputies responded to the home and learned that the incident had just occurred a short time before the 9-1-1 call.
Deputies, during their preliminary investigation learned that the male suspect was inside an adjacent residence and was identified as a family member to the victim. The male was detained and transported to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies contacted the on- call detective and investigators then responded to begin their investigation.
Sheriff Paden said that following a detailed investigation, Jeremy Konkler Jr. age 32 of Cumberland, OH has been charged with Rape, involving a minor under the age of 10, a felony of the first degree.
Sgt. Bill Patterson, the lead investigator on the case said that after interviews, collection of evidence and conferring with medical personnel and the prosecutor’s office, probable cause was established to charge Konkler with Rape. Sgt. Patterson added that investigators will continue to work in collaboration with victims advocates from the Haven of Hope and Case workers with Children Services as the investigation continues.
Homeland Security Investigations is assisting with this ongoing investigation.