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Men charged with rape, sexual battery of male party-goer

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 02:58 pm

Two men face sexual assault-related charges after they allegedly attacked a male victim during a party at the home of one of the suspects last summer.

According to documents filed Tuesday in Allen Superior Court, Robert W. Clippinger, 49, of the 10300 block of Old Leo Road, was charged with three Level 3 felony counts of rape and one Level 6 felony count of sexual battery. Franklin B. Meehan, 18, of the 2900 block of Old Orchard Road, was charged with one Level 6 felony count of sexual battery and a misdemeanor count of battery. The lower the number of the felony the more serious the charge. According to a probable-cause affidavit, the following occurred:

Clippinger and Meehan attended a party with several individuals, including the victim, July 14-16 at Clippinger's home, where everyone became intoxicated. 

One of the girls and the victim went to a bedroom, where they reportedly had sex for several hours. Others saw them having sex because there was no door on the bedroom. The girl left the room at around 5 a.m. July 15 and sat on the living room couch with others while Clippinger and another party-goer entered the bedroom the victim was in. Clippinger allegedly performed a sex act on the victim, who he was trying to sleep. The victim told Clippinger no, but did not yell for help because he didn't want anyone to know what was happening to him. After about 20 minutes, the victim got away from Clippinger by telling him he had to go to the bathroom.

The victim and the other party-goer later told investigators they remembered nothing after entering the bedroom because they were intoxicated.

Later that night the same group of friends returned to Clippinger's residence, as did a few more friends who had not been there July 14 – including Meehan – and began to drink whiskey, vodka and mixed drinks while smoking marijuana. The victim threw up on the front lawn and passed out. Meehan told investigators Clippinger allegedly told him to urinate on the victim, but he didn't.

Another intoxicated party-goer did so, which was recorded on a cellphone. He was charged Tuesday with a misdemeanor count of battery by body waste. He told investigators he was scared what would happen if he didn't urinate on victim and he cleaned up the victim afterward.

Party-goers took the victim inside the residence and put him in Clippinger's bed between 11 and 11:30 p.m., and about 30 minutes later Meehan said he saw Clippinger allegedly perform a sex act on the victim. At about 2 a.m., people at the party were drawing on the victim with a permanent marker, and Clippinger allegedly threatened to slap with his penis the first person who fell asleep, the affidavit said.

A short time later, Meehan allegedly performed a sex act on the victim while another person recorded it. In all, five videos or photos were taken while the victim was intoxicated and unaware of his surroundings. The recordings contained alleged sex acts being performed on him, the urination incident, another person allegedly pouring beer on him and Meehan's alleged sex act on him, which was sent as through a mobile phone app for messages and photos/videos that self-destruct to Meehan, the affidavit said.

A male party-goer told investigators he saw Clippinger allegedly perform another sex act on the victim and confronted Clippinger, who allegedly tried to take off the party-goer's clothes. The party-goer said he pretended to pass out and when Clippinger allegedly was positioning him on the bed, the party-goer pretended to wake up. The party-goer said he tried to sober up and watched victim the rest of the night to make sure he was safe. 

Arrest warrants were issued for Clippinger, Meehan and the man who was charged in connection with the urination incident.



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