Bus stop attack suspect indicted, could face life in prison

Randy Stanaford is being taken to the Montgomery County jail September 26. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  The man arrested in connection with a sexual assault at a Dayton bus stop has been indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury.

Randy Stanaford mugshot/Montgomery County Jail
Randy Stanaford mugshot/Montgomery County Jail

Randy Stanaford was indicted Friday on charges of kidnapping and rape in connection with an attack on an 11-year-old girl on September 26.

According to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, on Monday, September 26, 2016, the 11-year-old victim was waiting for her school bus near the intersection of Edgar and Heaton Avenues, in Dayton. Stanaford took the victim at knifepoint to an area near a house and sexually assaulted her. After the defendant left the scene, the victim ran home and called 911.

The Dayton Police Department recovered DNA evidence that matches the defendant’s DNA. The defendant is a registered sex offender, having been convicted in Butler County, Ohio in 2008 for attempted kidnapping and public indecency. The defendant was released from prison August 30, 2015 and is a Tier III Sex Offender, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

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Both of the charges faced by Stanaford include a Sexually Violent Predator specification which means, if convicted, Stanaford faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutor Heck said, “This defendant, a homeless registered sex offender, kidnapped and raped an 11-year-old girl, who was a complete stranger. I want to commend both the Dayton Police Department and the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab for their excellent work in quickly identifying this defendant, and taking him into custody before he attacked anyone else.”

Stanaford is currently in the Montgomery County Jail being held on a $500,000 bond. He will be arraigned on October 13.

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