Man accused of raping girlfriend pleads to abduction

Jeffrey Cooper, who entered the plea Monday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, could be sentenced to time served. He has been in jail since his arrest July 5.

Because he pleaded to the felony charge, rape and assault charges returned in a grand jury indictment have been dropped, according to the court.

The plea canceled a trial, which was scheduled to begin Monday. Sentencing is set tentatively for Oct. 23.

The case against Cooper began when he attended a small party with his girlfriend, Dayton police Sgt. Larry Tolpin said in July. Cooper allegedly became drunk and was asked to leave. He was accused of showing up at the girlfriend's residence later and causing a "disturbance," Tolpin said.

After the woman let Cooper in, he allegedly punched her in the head eight to 10 times, then forced her into sex against her will, the sergeant said.

The woman called police after Cooper had fallen asleep. He was arrested at her residence.

Tolpin said Cooper told police "it was just a consensual boyfriend-girlfriend situation."

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