Seymour resident charged with rape

A Seymour resident was arrested on a rape charge Wednesday afternoon after a woman sought medical treatment for sexual assault, police said.

Jose Jose-Baltazar, 28, was taken into custody after he was interviewed by police and a search warrant was conducted at his residence in the 800 block of West Laurel Street, Detective Chris Franklin with the Seymour Police Department said.

Franklin said he was limited to what he could say about the case because the investigation is ongoing.

Jose-Baltazar was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown without bond at 2:19 p.m. Wednesday.

The charge is a Level 3 felony punishable by three to 16 years in prison if convicted. Rape is legally defined in Indiana as a forcible sexual crime and isn’t limited to sexual intercourse, Franklin said.

Police received a call from Schneck Medical Center around midnight Wednesday reporting a 19-year-old woman had possibly been sexually assaulted and was being treated in the emergency room, Franklin said.

“We went and talked to the victim, and the information she provided during the interview led us to the location of a resident in the 800 block of West Laurel Street, which is where we believe the assault occurred,” he said.

Jose-Baltazar and the victim knew each other, Franklin said.

A search of the residence and statements made by Jose-Baltazar and another person at the residence later that morning corroborated with what the victim had told police, Franklin said.

“At that point, we had enough to place him under arrest,” Franklin said.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.