Nelsonville man indicted on 8 counts of rape, other sex charges

ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) - An Athens County grand jury has indicted a Nelsonville man on multiple counts of rape and other sex charges, authorities said.

Michael Ray Bedunah II, 38, was indicted on Friday and is being held in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail pending an arraignment hearing on Oct. 30.

He’s charged with eight counts of rape; four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor; two counts of corrupting another with drugs; two counts of gross sexual imposition; 10 counts of illegal use of a minor or impaired person in nudity oriented material or performance; five counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person; and trafficking in persons.

Prosecutors did not provide additional information about the investigation in a new release on Friday.

The case was investigated by the Athens County Sheriff’s Office, Athens County Children Services and the Athens and Meigs County prosecuting attorneys’ offices.