Plain City man charged with raping child

Manuel Bartolo Prado

A Plain City man has been charged with raping a child under the age of 10 .

Manuel Bartolo Prado, 68, of Plain City, is charged with one count of rape, a first-degree felony, and two counts of gross sexual imposition, third-degree felonies.

He was arraigned Thursday in Madison County Common Pleas Court.

The alleged offenses took place between Sept. 1, 2014 and May 29, 2015 in Plain City, according to assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins. The Plain City Police Department investigated the incident.

Prado reportedly knew the victim.

Prado was held on a $100,000 cash surety bond. Assistant county prosecutor Kirsten Gross, filling in for Adkins in court Thursday, said Prado has faced charges involving sexual misconduct before.

“These are offenses that carry a potential life sentence,” Judge Eamon Costello said.

Adkins said that Prado faced a sex-related charge in Wyoming in 1985, but the case was dismissed. He has no other prior sexual offenses on his record.

Prado said in court that he has hired Columbus attorney Titus Donell as his counsel. Costello told him his attorney must contact the court within 10 days.

His next court hearing, an informal pretrial, is currently set for Aug. 19.

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.