Former Ohio Mayor Charged With Repeatedly Raping 4-Year-Old Blames His Victim

The former mayor admitted to repeatedly raping a young girl for several years and says his victim was a willing participant. 

The former mayor of a small Ohio town has been indicted on eight counts of rape, 12 counts of attempted rape and gross sexual imposition for sexually abusing a young girl over several years, starting when she was 4. Richard Keenan, 65, served from 2010 to 2011 as mayor of Hubbard, outside of Youngstown. The self-described Christian, who once spoke of dedicating his life to Jesus in local newspapers, admitted raping and molesting the girl to a number of sources. Keenan claims his victim initiated the sex acts and was a “willing participant,” according to court filings.

The rapes began in 2013, after Keenan had left office, and reportedly ended in 2015 when the victim told Keenan's wife Diana. Upon being confronted about the allegations he told her “I did it.” He then checked himself into a local psychiatric ward for suicidal feelings where he discussed the abuse in group sessions and with a social worker. He also allegedly discussed it with his pastor.

Despite his numerous admissions, Keenan plead not guilty when authorities finally made their case against him and arrested him on August 18th. Additionally, there is some question as to whether his confessions will be admissible as evidence. There are various restrictions on whether or not spouses and members of the clergy can be compelled to testify about statements shared with them in confidence. Keenan is currently free on $75,000 bail and if convicted faces life in prison.   

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