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Ex-Ohio Mayor Accused of Raping 4-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Called Victim ‘Willing Participant’

The former mayor of an Ohio town faces more than a dozen charges after allegedly raping a 4-year-old girl and sexually abusing her over a period of three years, the Youngstown Vindicator reports, citing court documents.

Richard Keenan, former Hubbard mayor from 2010 to 2011, was indicted on eight counts of rape and 12 counts of attempted rape and gross sexual imposition.

Keenan was booked into the Trumbull County Jail and released on $75,000 bond.

The victim told Keenan’s wife about the sexual abuse that began when she was 4-years-old and lasted for three years, according to court documents.

When Keenan’s wife confronted him about the allegations, he allegedly responded, “I did it.”

Keenan also allegedly confessed to his pastor, a social worker and his brother and sister-in-law, according to documents filed by the assistant prosecutor.

Keenan admitted himself into a psychiatric facility after the alleged admissions because he said he was feeling suicidal, the newspaper reported.

Filings obtained by the Youngstown Vindicator go into extensive detail about his purported admissions during group discussions at the psychiatric ward. He allegedly said he blamed the victim for initiating the acts and said she was a “willing participant," according to the newspaper.

Prosecutors are asking a judge to determine if his admissions are allowable as evidence in his trial or if they are privileged.