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Published: Thursday, 7/8/2004

$200K bond set for man accused of raping 2 girls

VAN WERT, Ohio - John R. Fulk was in the Van Wert County jail yesterday in lieu of $200,000 bond after pleading not guilty to six counts of rape involving two juvenile females.

Mr. Fulk, 45, of Van Wert, was indicted after a county sheriff's office investigation into alleged sexual contact with the girls between January of 1997 and December of 1998.

One of the girls was younger than 13 when the alleged offenses occurred.

Three of the six counts carry a maximum life sentence upon conviction.

He appeared in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court before Judge Charles Steele, who set bond.

A pretrial conference has been scheduled for 8 a.m. July 28.

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