Cops Arrest Registered Sex Offender for Sexually Touching Stepdaughter

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A registered sex offender in Ohio who was convicted in 1999 of raping a 9-year-old girl has been arrested for allegedly rubbing his genitals on the head of his teenage stepdaughter, who was attending a high school online class at the time, authorities said. 

Police say that David Lowe, 52 years old, was charged with having inappropriate sexual contact with the 16 year-old girl who is his wife’s daughter. He has pleaded not guilty and was released earlier this month after posting a $50,000 bond, court records.

He has been ordered to wear a GPS tracking device and to have no contact with the alleged victim, Lt. Tom Walker of the Berea Police Department tells Inside Edition Digital.

Walker claimed he had seen the online video class. Lowe confirmed this statement. “comes up behind her and he’s stepping over her and he rubbed his crotch on her head.”

According to police, the man was only wearing underwear.

“I don’t understand it,” Walker says. “It’s definitely obscene.”

According to court records obtained by Inside Edition Digital, police were informed of the incident by the Ohio Virtual Academy, a public online school for kindergarten through 12th grade students. 

An instructor from the school called the Berea Police Department late last month. She reported that she was teaching an online class in social studies to 40 students. “witnessed a male (dressed in nothing but underwear) approach one of her students from behind then … step over her (putting his leg in the air slightly where the child’s head is between his legs) while dragging his genital area across the top of the child’s head,”To the incident report of the department.

The teacher mentioned that 39 students were also in the class. “were also made privy to this scene,”The report stated. “This alone raised concern with”According to the police report, the instructor then checked on the student’s parents.

The instructor ran the name of the stepfather through a database of sex offenders and found that David Lowe was involved. “been convicted of rape and gross sexual imposition of a 9-year-old female,”The police report stated. 

According to online court records, Lowe was sentenced for seven years in prison in 1999 following his convictions on charges of raping and gross sexual infliction in Lorain County. He was released in 2006 and is currently listed on the Ohio list of sexual predators. He is also included on the U.S. Department of Justice’s and the local government’s lists of sexual offenders. Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Registered sex offender list published by Ohio Attorney General's Office. – Ohio Attorney General’s Office

Lowe was taken into custody on Sept. 28. He was charged with one count sexual imposition. This Ohio statute covers various instances of touching another person with a sexual intent.

According to online court records, Lowe posted bond on October 3. Inside Edition Digital left voicemails for William Coughanour (his court-appointed lawyer), but he did not return calls. Megan Matthews, the prosecutor, declined to comment because her office doesn’t comment on ongoing investigations.

Walker, a police officer, stated that the stepfather had denied any wrongdoing during a conversation with investigators.

Walker stated that Lowe had never been in contact with Berea police prior to his arrest. “We knew he was living in our city.”Children’s workers are interviewing the victim and her family. An investigation is ongoing, he stated.

The mother, the girl, and a 14-year-old boy who is the biological child of Lowe and his wife, are no longer living in the area, Walker said. 

In a statement, the school stated that it was aware of the incident and had notified parents. It also offered counseling to students and staff who needed it.

 

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