PIQUA — A Troy man has been incarcerated in the Miami County Jail after being accused of raping a minor in Piqua.
Matthew R. Artz, 40, of Troy, was charged with first-degree felony rape and fourth-degree felony gross sexual imposition. Artz was arraigned on Monday in Miami County Municipal Court. Artz reportedly knew the victim, who is under the age of 18.
Piqua police first learned of the alleged sex offenses through an anonymous tip made at Piqua City Schools on Sept. 30. According to Miami County Municipal Court records, the victim claimed to have been abused by Artz since the age of 9. The abuse reportedly took place mutliple times each week for approximately the past four years while the other occupants of the home were asleep. According to court records, Artz allegedly forced his advances on the victim when the victim resisted him.
When he was taken into custody over the weekend, Artz denied the allegations and said he would never hurt the victim.
Artz is being held at the Miami County Jail on $525,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 11.
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