Troy man to face third trial on child rape accusations

TROY — A third trial will be held March 6-8 in the child rape case against Charles Hiser, 37, of Troy.

The new trial date was set Tuesday in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

The first trial in October ended in a mistrial after some jurors said they had seen or heard about media accounts in the case. The second trial ended Dec. 15 in a hung jury when jurors said they were unable to reach a verdict after 10.5 hours of deliberations.

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Lawyers in the case met with Judge Christopher Gee to set the trial date.

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Hiser faces eight felony rape charges for alleged sexual contact and sexual conduct with a person under age 10 and then under age 13 between February 2012 and late 2016 in Piqua and Troy. He pleaded not guilty.

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Gee considered a request for a reduced bond after the hung jury was declared, but the judge continued the previously set $550,000 bond.

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