Man charged with rape involving child victim



A DeGraff man was charged with rape Tuesday during indictments handed up by a Logan County grand jury involving a case that was investigated beginning in January with allegations of sexual abuse involving a 2-year-old girl.

Matthew Mees, 20, of 2389 State Route 235, was served with an arrest warrant at his home Wednesday by officers of the Washington Township Police Department. 

Family members first stated that Mees was not present at the home. Residents of the home were warned that law enforcement officials would forcibly enter the home if Mees did not come out of the residence.

Additional units from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office were summoned to the scene in case a forced entry was necessary. Agitated family members finally exited the residence with Mees and he was placed under arrest. 

Mees was then transported to the Logan County Jail and lodged.

Washington Township officers started an investigation Jan. 8 into the sexual abuse of the 2-year-old girl. The mother stated that while the children were in the care of a babysitter, the babysitter caught the girl and her 6-year-old brother engaged in a sex act. 

When the mother confronted the six-year-old brother on where he learned that behavior, the boy responded that it was Mees who taught them the sex act. 

During the investigation the children were referred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus for a forensic interview and medical evaluation. Children’s services agencies from Logan and Shelby counties also were involved in the case. 

Mees was interviewed three times and officers said he admitted to the sexual abuse of the girl.