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Stark County man accused of raping 11-year-old girl

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Posted at 11:11 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 11:11:14-04

STARK COUNTY, Ohio — A 53-year-old Stark County man is facing rape charges in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a child, according to the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.

Joseph A Cook, of North Lawrence, is charged with rape and gross sexual imposition, court records state.

Authorities said the assault was reported on Dec. 26, 2019, and Cook was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service on May 22 following the culmination of the investigation.

According to a secret indictment filed in the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, Cook is accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

Cook is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment on May 29.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 330-430-3800 or the anonymous tip line at 330-451-3937.

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