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Friday, October 7,2011

Arrest made in rape of OU student

Suspect picked up while deployed with Guard in El Paso

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Photo Caption: Levi D. Canterbury

Ohio University police Friday obtained a warrant for the arrest of a Gallipolis man suspected in the Sept. 10 rape of an Ohio University student.

As of Friday evening, the suspect, Levi D. Canterbury, 21, was in the El Paso County Detention Center in Texas awaiting extradition to Ohio, according to a news release from the OU Police Department. He was deployed with his National Guard unit at the Fort Bliss Army base in El Paso, according to the release.

Held on a charge of rape, Canterbury allegedly picked up a female OU student on Sept. 10, drove her to a parking lot, and raped her in his car, the release said. Canterbury is not an OU student. (The original report incorrectly said the rape occurred on Sept. 15.)

The OUPD release said "the arrest came after an intensive investigation led by the Ohio University police with assistance from the Athens Police Department, Gallipolis Police and Fire departments, the office of Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

Shortly after the warrant was issued, the release said, Canterbury was located in El Paso. With assistance from the U.S. Marshal's Service, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, and the Criminal Investigation Department at Fort Bliss, Canterbury was taken into custody. Bond has been set at $200,000.

"I appreciate the many agencies that assisted our department with this investigation," OU Police Chief Andrew Powers said in the release. "It was truly a coordinated team effort, and I am happy that as a result, we were quickly able to apprehend the alleged perpetrator."

The rape was reported to OU Police on Sept. 15. A female student reported that a man she did not know raped her Sept. 10 while she was walking home from a party on Athens' near south side in the early morning hours.

The woman told police she became lost while walking home, possibly around Ohio Rt. 682. The alleged rape took place sometime around 3 a.m., the woman said. She reported that a man in a vehicle picked her up as she was walking and gave her a ride, then took her to a parking lot and raped her. Afterwards, she said, the rapist drove her to Court Street and dropped her off near the OU College Gate.


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