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Bargersville man cleared of all charges in rape case

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A Bargersville man accused of raping a woman at a Nashville hotel last year has been cleared of all charges.

A jury found Ryan D. Shehorn, 29, of Bargersville not guilty of Class B felony rape, Class D felony criminal confinement and Class B misdemeanor battery.

One of Shehorn’s attorneys, Andy Baldwin of Franklin, said being cleared of the charges provided his client “a small amount of vindication.”

“Ryan instructed our law firm at the beginning of his representation that he would never plead guilty and furthermore would not consider any plea agreements whatsoever because he was innocent,” Baldwin said in a statement.

On March 2, 2013, a woman told police she had been raped. She was taken to the hospital for an examination, and Nashville police arrested Shehorn.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Mary Wertz said the woman met Shehorn during an outing, and she and another woman went to his hotel room to drink.

Wertz warned the jurors that there would be discrepancies about what happened. The woman had only “flashes of memory.”

DNA evidence tested at the Indiana State Police lab showed Shehorn and the woman had sex.

Baldwin told jurors that the woman who made the accusation had given different versions of events, including to what extent she participated during intercourse.

Baldwin criticized the police investigation and said police did not interview people he considered key to the case, did not conduct all necessary DNA tests and that police knew of contradictions in the accounts of what happened and did nothing to clear them up.

“We are not sorry we brought the case. It was the right thing to do,” Prosecutor Jim Oliver said. “We wish there had been some evidence that could have given the jury enough to convict.”

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