Houston man charged with rape in Piqua


PIQUA, Ohio – A Houston, Ohio resident is facing rape allegations in Piqua, according to our partners at the Sidney Daily News.

Brandon A. Travis, 21, of Houston, was charged and arraigned Monday on first-degree felony rape in Miami County Municipal Court. The rape was originally reported on June 19 when a juvenile claimed that “she was forced to have sex by an adult male,” according to court records.

The victim reportedly named Travis as her attacker. According to court records, the victim claimed that she repeatedly tried to get Travis to stop. The location where the alleged rape took place was a spot referred to as “Paradise Falls,” described as a location by the old Piqua Power Plant on County Road 25A, according to the Sidney Daily News.

The victim and her mother reported the incident to the Piqua Police Department, and then the victim completed a sexual assault kit. The results were sent to the Miami Valley Crime Lab in June and a report on the kit was received Jan. 22.

When Travis was first questioned about the incident, he reportedly denied ever having sexual contact with the victim. Travis also reportedly volunteered a buccal swab of his DNA at that time. According to court records, a DNA match to Travis was found in the sexual assault kit.

Travis is being held in the Miami County Jail on $150,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing for Travis is scheduled for Feb. 3.

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