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Lake Township police and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office are asking anyone with information about a township man who’s been indicted on two counts of rape against victims under 10 years old to contact them.

The Ottawa County Grand Jury on Aug. 3 issued a secret indictment against Earl H. Weidner, II, 39, on the rape charges. Authorities sought the secret indictment because Weidner allegedly threatened victims and their families if the victims told.

He is being held on an $800,000 bond in the Ottawa County Jail.

“We do have some concerns this could be further reaching,” Mark Hummer, Lake Township Police Chief, said Wednesday.

According to the sheriff’s department, other alleged victims have come forward with one stating he would disclose details of abuse after Weidner was incarcerated.

Weidner has lived at 6817 Fremont Pike, Apt. 1 in Lake Township.

He was arrested without incident at the sheriff’s office Aug. 8 where he went after being contacted by investigators who told him they wanted to speak with him.

Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan said the charges allege Weidner engaged in sexual conduct with two minors over the past 4 ½ years.

If convicted, Weidner faces life imprisonment without parole.

“The victims just recently disclosed the abuse to family members, who, in turn contacted authorities. The young victims, who described similar events which took place over three years apart, indicated that the abuse took place at a relative’s home in Ottawa County,” Mulligan said.

A pre-trial hearing is set for Sept. 12 and a jury trial is set for Nov. 1.

Children Services agencies from Wood and Ottawa counties are assisting in the investigation.

To contact the sheriff’s office call 419-734-4404. Lake Township police can be contacted by calling 419-666-5500.



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