Alleged rape victim testifies; suspect bound over

By David Knopf/Richmond News

A 16-year-old Richmond girl, an alleged victim of a July rape, testified Tuesday at a preliminary hearing for Joshua Sterle Clevenger, who is charged with forcible rape and attempted forcible sodomy, both felonies.

Judge James Thompson ruled that Clevenger would be bound over to circuit court, citing what he described as “requisite probable cause” that a crime had been committed and that Clevenger could be involved.

The suspect, in custody at Ray County Jail, will be arraigned before Circuit Judge David Miller at 9 a.m. Jan. 2.

The alleged rape victim, whose identity is protected as a matter of Richmond News policy, was the only witness to take the stand Dec. 11.

Clevenger, represented by Public Defender Melinda Troeger, was in the courtroom when the girl testified. Assistant Prosecutor Sarah Hartley asked the witness to recount what happened in the early hours of July 27.

She told Hartley that she and three boys went to an apartment “to party” and take part in a drinking game. The girl said she consumed four shots of vodka and two beers, a quantity she testified she had consumed previously without passing out.

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