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UPDATED: Bedford Man Arrested On Rape Charges
Updated April 4, 2016 11:16 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BEDFORD) - Lawrence County Police arrested a Bedford man on rape charges.

Police arrested 28-year-old Joshua Love of Bedford on charges of Level 1 felony charge of rape, a Level 3 felony of criminal confinement and a Level 5 felony charge of battery causing serious bodily injury.

According to Sheriff Mike Branham, a 25-year-old woman went to IU Health Bedford Hospital on March 4 to report that she had been raped.

"The victim stated that the rape occurred at a vacant property in Lawrence County," Branham added. "She did not know the suspect."

Detectives worked diligently over the following month to identify a suspect.

Police were able to connect Love to the rape.

The victim identified Love as her attacker and police were able to secure a warrant to collect his DNA.

"Mr. Love initially denied being at the location where the alleged offense occurred on the date of the alleged offense, but later changed his story and admitted to being there with the victim on that date," Sheriff Branham added. "Mr. Love initially denied having sexual contact of any kind with the victim, but later admitted that he did have sexual contact with the victim at the location described by the victim."

Due to the evolving nature of this investigation, which is still ongoing, no further information is being released at this time.

A probable cause affidavit will be available later today.

"As more information becomes available, we will let you know," Sheriff Branham added.



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