James Sheets

An Evansport man accused of raping two young children was arraigned Friday morning in Defiance Municipal Court.

James Sheets, 31, is currently being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio (CCNO), rural Stryker, following his arrest Monday by the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office on two counts of rape, first-degree felonies.

According to court records, the alleged victims were 5 and 8 years old.

Sheets appeared in Defiance Municipal Court on Wednesday without a lawyer, and was granted court-appointed counsel.

At Friday’s arraignment, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing and the case was bound over to Defiance County Common Pleas Court, where a hearing date has not yet been set.

Bond was continued as previously established, at $1 million with a 10% cash allowance and numerous bond conditions, including no contact with the alleged victims or their residence.

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