The Clay County Prosecutor's Office presented formal charges in Clay Circuit Court Tuesday morning regarding an alleged rape that occurred during Memorial Day weekend.
Appearing before Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout, Edward Lee Doran, 40, Brazil (formerly of Vermillion, Ill.), was informed of his rights and the allegations and potential penalties regarding the nine charges stemming from the incident.
According to court documents, on May 29, Doran allegedly broke into a rural Clay County residence, tied up, strangled and forced one unidentified female victim at knifepoint to have sexual intercourse, while also allegedly strangling, confining and battering another unidentified female victim.
Doran was charged with class A felony burglary resulting in bodily injury, four class B felony charges of rape, aggravated battery and two for criminal confinement, one class C felony battery by means of a deadly weapon, two class D charges of felony strangulation and one class A charge for misdemeanor domestic battery.
If convicted of a class A felony, the highest charge filed against Doran at this time, the advisory sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement is 30 years, with a range from 20-50 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000.
Prosecutor Lee Reberger informed the court Doran has a prior felony conviction within the past three years.
On Friday, Doran was remanded into the custody of the Clay County Justice Center without prospect of a bond on a petition to revoke his probation because of the conviction in a strangulation case on Aug. 16, 2009.
If convicted of the new felony charges, Reberger said Doran would be required to serve at least the minimum sentence recommendation(s) because of the prior conviction.
Trout informed Doran he potentially could face a 32-year minimum sentence, a 50-year advisory sentence or a maximum of 90-year sentence if convicted of the new charges.
A plea of not guilty was entered on Doran's behalf after he requested to speak with an attorney. Geoffrey Creason was appointed as defense counsel in the case and a jury trial was tentatively scheduled for Sept. 20.
Trout was informed Doran was no longer a part of the Indiana Department of Correction Work Release program in Vigo County due to his failure to return in May.
It is unknown at this time if further charges will be filed by the state in this matter.
The court was then informed of the ongoing investigation into Doran's involvement in a June 10 incident where he allegedly broke into a rural Cory residence and held an unidentified woman and two children against their will while in possession of a handgun.
According to Reberger, formal charges in the third incident will be filed upon review of the probable cause affidavit.
Citing his belief that Doran is a potential flight risk and a danger to himself and a risk to the community, Trout followed trial procedure and established a $250,000 cash-only bond in the case.
Trout established the terms of the bond would be that it is only a cash bond and no property or bail bond could be used, and, even if the terms of the bond could be met, Doran could not be released until the previous bond matter was settled.
A no contact order from the petition to revoke probation remains in effect on behalf of the victims.
Doran was remanded into the custody of the Clay County Sheriff's Department to await further court proceedings.