Man denies charges of rape, sexual battery

Edward Robinson, 35, pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape with an impaired person, two counts of sexual battery and one count of gross sexual imposition. Bond was set at $500,000. He was indicted Aug. 7.

A handheld camcorder that authorities on Tuesday said contains the images of the alleged sexual activity was recovered when the Regional Agencies Narcotics & Gun Enforcement, or RANGE Task Force, raided Robinson’s residence in March 2011. At the residence, located on Orchard Run in Miami Twp., authorities found approximately 15.6 pounds, of marijuana.

“In reviewing the video, we observed the defendant having degrees of sexual contact with the female who appeared to be semi-conscious, passed out, highly intoxicated,” Hale said. “They knew each other through mutual friends … they were not boyfriend and girlfriend.”

After the raid, Robinson was released pending crime lab analysis. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — part of the RANGE Task Force — is pursuing charges against him in federal court, Hale said.

The alleged sexual activity with the impaired woman is thought to have taken place between December 2010 and February 2011, Hale said. The victim is 22 years old now.

In March 2012, Robinson was arrested for possessing a dangerous ordinance in Shelby County.

“When we found out about the rape, he was already in custody in Shelby County,” Hale said. “We knew he wasn’t getting out. We then (pursued charges) but there was no real hurry in charging him up because we knew he wasn’t going anywhere.”

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