911 Dispatcher Arrested, Charged With Rape

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CLEVELAND — Authorities in Parma Heights say a dispatcher with Cuyahoga County’s 911 System has been arrested and charged with rape, kidnapping, gross sexual imposition, aggravated menacing and other crimes.

Sergeant Steve Scharschmidt with the Parma Heights Police Department tells Fox 8 News that Ralph C. Hughes, 50, of Parma, was taken into custody by deputies with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.

Hughes was wanted on a capias warrant issued on August 29th.

Authorities in Parma Heights were first alerted to Hughes alleged crimes on July 8, 2011. A report was filed with police by an alleged victim and authorities continued their investigation until enough evidence was gathered to present to a Cuyahoga County grand jury.

Hughes was indicted by the grand jury on August 28th.

According to the report filed with Parma Height Police, Hughes allegedly raped two victims on multiple occasions.

Sergeant Scharschmidt says the victim told authorities that the rapes occurred over a five-year period.

Hughes currently sits in the Cuyahoga County jail awaiting his initial court appearance on the charges.