Former truck driver found guilty of 2000 kidnapping, rape of Ottawa teen

Franklin County jail mug shot of Ralph E. Corey, who was found guilty on June 21, 2012, on kidnapping and sexual assault charges. Corey was identified by a DNA cold

A Franklin County jury on Thursday found a former federal inmate and cross-country truck driver guilty of five charges stemming from the February 2000 kidnapping and sexual assault of an Ottawa teenager.

The three-day trial of Ralph E. Corey wrapped up Thursday afternoon, with the jury deliberating 2 1/2 hours before returning guilty verdicts on all five counts: aggravated kidnapping, attempted rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and criminal threat.

The verdicts bring some closure to a case that went cold for more than a decade, after a 16-year-old girl was kidnapped in the parking lot of the Ottawa Walmart as she ended her work shift. The girl was then driven to several locations in Ottawa and sexually assaulted.

“We are very pleased with the verdict. Cold cases such as this can be quite challenging,” said Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting. “Our office wishes to thank the victim and her family for their years of patience.”

No arrests had been made in the case until 2011, when Corey’s DNA profile in the national DNA databank matched evidence collected at the scene. When the profile matched, Corey was serving time in a federal prison in Arizona on counterfeiting charges. Corey also spent time in a Virginia prison after he was caught smuggling 500 pounds of marijuana through Virginia in a semitrailer.

Corey is scheduled to be sentenced at 1 p.m. Aug. 27.