Former Deputy Jason Tupps to stand trial again on August 22

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Jason Tupps confers with his attorney, James J. Mayer III, during his 2020 jury trial in Crawford County.

Jason Tupps learned on Wednesday that his new trial will begin at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 22 at Crawford County Common Pleas Court.

It will be the second trial in as many years for the former sheriff’s deputy. This time, court records show he is charged with first-degree rape and domestic violence.

Tupps, 47, has again retained James J. Mayer III as his attorney, the same attorney who represented him in a four-day jury trial in August 2020.

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Jurors two summers ago found Tupps not guilty of six charges, including felonies of kidnapping, bribery and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle; and of offenses of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, using a weapon while intoxicated and aggravated threatening.

He was found guilty of counterfeiting first-degree felony and was sentenced to 120 days in prison in September 2020, with all but 45 days probation, provided he completes a three-day driving intervention program, a court official said at the time.

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As with the first case, local officials withdrew, as they all worked with Tupps while he served as a deputy.

The trial will be heard by visiting Judge Howard Hall, a retired Ordinary Defense Judge from Morrow County.

The prosecutor’s office appointed Drew Wood and William R. Walton II to prosecute the case.

At a hearing Wednesday, Hall explained to attorneys how he will approach jury selection and went through the procedural details of the trial. As of Thursday morning, the court reserved five days for the trial, August 22-26.

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Tupp’s charges stem from an incident on August 28, 2021, according to a Crestline Police report received by the Telegraph Forum through a request for public records.

A woman then told a Crestline police officer that she had been assaulted by Tupps, who had been drinking heavily at the time, according to the report. Not feeling safe, she turned on her phone’s voice recorder and an audio recording of the incident was handed over to investigators. The incident was reported on September 9, 2021.

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This article originally appeared on Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum: Former Deputy Jason Tupps faces trial again on August 22

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