MIAMI COUNTY — The first day of a three-day jury trial for a Troy man charged with eight counts of first-degree felony rape began with testimony from the alleged female minor victim on Tuesday.
Charles Hiser, 36, of Troy, was indicted by a grand jury for one count of rape involving a victim 10 years old or younger, and seven counts of rape involving a victim less than 13 years old.
The victim was known to Hiser.
Miami County assistant prosecutor Janna Parker is representing the state and public defense attorneys Stephen King and Steve Layman are representing Hiser. The jury consists of five women and seven men.
The alleged sexual acts took place at Hiser’s various residences including the Paris Court Trailer Park in Piqua, his mother’s home in Piqua and at his apartment in Troy. The victim testified that Hiser would conduct the sexual acts late at night and had a code word to cease the conduct.
For the first count of the indictment, Hiser is facing up to 15 years to life or life without parole in prison and up to a $20,000 fine if convicted. For the remaining counts of the indictment, Hiser is facing up to 10 years to life in prison if convicted.
The Troy Police Department originally arrested Hiser in February, charging him with multiple counts of first-degree felony rape and seven counts of third-degree felony unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The seven counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor were dismissed in Miami County Municipal Court.
Hiser is a Tier I registered sex offender. In 2013, Hiser was found guilty for failure to provide notice of residence changed as required by his Tier I sex offender classification. Hiser entered a plea of guilty to one count of third-degree misdemeanor sexual imposition from an offense in December 2007 in Piqua.
Hiser is continuing to be held at the Miami County Jail on $50,000 bond.
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