Seymour man arrested for rape


A 20-year-old Seymour man wanted on a Jackson Circuit Court warrant for rape in connection with an incident in the spring of 2019 surrendered to police Monday evening.

Jacob Kyle Monroe faces a preliminary rape charge when the victim is aware of the defendant’s actions after an investigation was completed by the Seymour Police Department in June 2019.

Jackson Circuit Court Judge Richard W. Poynter issued the arrest warrant Jan. 24.

The investigation that led to Monroe’s arrest began June 3, 2019, when Seymour Officer Craig Owens responded to a call from a woman in the 200 block of Birch Street in Seymour in reference to a sexual assault.

The woman told police that Monroe, a longtime friend, had sexually assaulted her while she was sleeping.

Officer Kevin Settle collected a rape kit and clothing from Schneck Medical Center in Seymour in reference to the case, and the kit was transported to the police station and placed into evidence storage.

The case was then assigned to Detective Sgt. Chris Franklin.

Interviews were conducted with both the victim and Monroe on June 6. A week later, Franklin requested Monroe be charged with Level 3 felony rape, according to court documents.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jeff Chalfant said that upon receiving the case he requested additional information. He said that he filed the case following the completion of the investigation.

Monroe was arrested by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 5:02 p.m. Monday.

Upon conviction, a Level 3 felony is punishable by three to 16 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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