MIAMI COUNTY — Both the defense and prosecution for the state rested their cases on the second day of a jury trial for a Troy man charged with eight counts of first-degree felony rape on Wednesday.
Charles Hiser, 37, was indicted by a grand jury for one count of first-degree rape involving a victim 10 years old or younger, and seven counts of first-degree rape involving a victim less than 13 years old. The alleged assault occurred over the span of six years. The victim was known to Hiser.
On Wednesday afternoon, Miami County Common Pleas visiting Judge William Wolff Jr. dismissed the jury and ordered them to return for closing arguments and jury instructions on Thursday morning.
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.
On Wednesday, defense attorneys called Hiser’s mother, and his wife testified about Hiser’s conduct while they lived together at their homes in Piqua and Troy. Hiser’s mother testified how her son didn’t work unless it was odd jobs as a magician or at a local grocery. Hiser’s wife testified how she would check on her husband at night when he stayed up late playing video games while the victim slept on the couch nearby, but did not notice any unusual activity. Parker also noted Hiser and his wife spoke on the phone four times on Tuesday about the case while Hiser was incarcerated.
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. On Tuesday, the minor 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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