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Bump loses appeal of rape conviction

A child molester’s appeal of his conviction and subsequent 19 years-to-life prison sentence was rejected in most part by the Third District Court of Appeals in a ruling released this week.

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Logan County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Anspach escorts John Bump into a cruiser Jan. 27, 2012, after Bump was found guilty of multiple counts of rape and gross sexual imposition involving two children. The Third District Court of Appeals rejected the defendant's appeal earlier this week. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

John Bump, 43, argued Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor was wrong to allow evidence from a search of the defendant’s residence; to deny a request to separate the cases of the two victims; to allow certain evidence and testimony; and to prohibit aggressive questioning of the victims.

The appeals judges disagreed, noting the search was legal; Judge O’Connor had the discretion to combine the cases; and that none of the judges’ decisions made prior to the trial nor during the trial unfairly affected the outcome.

However, the judges agreed Judge O’Connor failed to mention any fines and courts costs in open court and remanded the case back to the local court to address the issue.

A jury found the defendant guilty on Jan. 27, 2012, of three counts of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition involving a girl and one count of gross sexual imposition involving a boy.

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