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Ex-police officer accused of raping disabled woman

Updated: Friday, January 10 2014, 01:58 PM EST

By: NEWS9 and Celina Pompeani

A former Barnesville police officer is one of two men accused of raping a mentally disabled woman, officials said Friday.

The suspects, Gary Stephen and Robert Smith, both of Barnesville, are charged with felony rape and other charges.

Officials confirmed one of the suspects is Gary Stephen, who lost his job as a Barnesville police officer in the 1990s after he was convicted then of gross sexual imposition. Stephen is currently the Barnesville VFW post commander, according to Barnesville Police Chief David Norris.

The alleged incident on Nov. 7 involved the same woman that Stephen committed sex crimes against in 1997. He was found guilty in March of that year and the woman was in her 20s at that time.

In November, officials allege that Stephen and Smith met with the victim, who is now 45 years old. A neighbor saw Stephen walking into the woman's apartment and called the woman's mother to report it.

In a separate incident on Dec. 26, officials said Smith went to the grocery store where the woman works and she carried Smith's groceries out to his car. At that time, Smith allegedly touched the woman inappropriately.

Both men are charged with first-degree felony rape for the Nov. 7 allegations, as officials said, due to the woman's mental state, she cannot consent to sexual intercourse even if she wanted to.

Additionally, Stephen is charged with one count of gross sexual imposition and Smith is charged with two counts of gross sexual imposition. Smith's charges stem from the Nov. 7 and Dec. 26 allegations.

Belmont County Prosecutor Dan Fry said Barnesville police did a very good job investigating the matter, which led to the charges.

Stephen is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Tuesday, and Smith is scheduled to appear later this month.

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Ex-police officer accused of raping disabled woman

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