NEW LEXINGTON – An anonymous “Jane Doe” plaintiff is suing her grandfather, who until recently was a Crooksville resident, for having allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with her starting when she was 9 years old, and continuing until she was 13.

The lawsuit, filed in Perry County Common Pleas Court July 1, says the female plaintiff, now a Marion County, Ohio resident under 30 years old, “wishes to remain anonymous to the public due to the embarrassing and humiliating actions inflicted upon her” by the defendant. It states, however, that the woman identified herself to her 70-year-old grandfather as the plaintiff before she filed the suit.

According to the law firm that prepared the suit, the Holland, Ohio-based Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC, the woman has also filed a complaint with the Perry County Sheriff’s Office about the alleged actions of her grandfather Robert Woodrum.

Perry County Prosecutor Joseph A. Flautt confirmed last week that his office has been apprised of the woman’s complaint, and has the matter under investigation. He said, however, that he could provide no further information on the investigation at this point.

Boyk Law Offices has told The Perry County Tribune that Woodrum lived in Crooksville until June of this year, when he moved to Zanesville. The Tribune has been unable to locate contact information for him.

According to the legal complaint, while growing up, Jane Doe, “particularly in the summers, would regularly spend the night with her maternal grandparents.” On one of these nights, the suit alleges, when the plaintiff was 9 years old, her grandfather “engaged in a sexual encounter with (her).” He allegedly told her to sit on his lap on a couch, pulled a blanket over them, and touched her chest and genitals. He then sent her to bed, and later came in the bedroom and molested her again, including grabbing her hand and placing it on the front of his pants.

The complaint goes on to allege that the grandfather “engaged in the same or similar acts” with the girl “dozens of times,” continuing until the time she turned 13.

Given Jane Doe’s age at the time, the suit notes, the actions alleged qualify as rape under Ohio law, adding that the defendant’s “perverse conduct can be construed as nothing other than for his own sexual gratification.”

As a result of the sexual battery, the suit claims, Jane Doe has suffered serious physical and psychological trauma including severe emotional distress, mental anguish and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and depression, leading to suicidal thoughts and a suicide attempt. She believes this trauma will be permanent and require continued treatment and care.

The lawsuit lodges counts of tortious assault and battery in the form of rape; tortious assault and battery in the form of sexual battery; intentional infliction of emotional distress; negligent infliction of emotional distress; and punitive damages.

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