An investigation into a male discovered sleeping inside the Bowling Green Methodist Church early Friday morning led to the arrest of two Brazil men on allegations of rape.
According to preliminary information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department Sunday, Clay County E911 dispatchers were notified around 8:25 a.m., Friday. Upon arrival of the deputies, the male suspect ran away from the church, located next to the Bowling Green Park.
As part of the preliminary investigation, the suspect was identified at John Clark, 19, Brazil. Investigators discovered Clark, along with other individuals, had been allegedly going into the church over several nights to sleep and taking food.
While sorting out the details, an unidentified female juvenile under the age of 15 made allegations that Clark raped her last month at an unidentified residence located in Brazil.
Meanwhile, a second female juvenile also made allegations she had been raped in an abandoned Brazil residence, but by a different male suspect, later identified as Brett Maesch, 20, Brazil.
Clay County Child Protective Services were contacted to assist with the investigation.
Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger was contacted, advised of the situation and the serious nature of the allegations in the cases and that both suspects were out on conditions of bond in unrelated incidents.
Reberger advised officers to take both suspects into custody and transport them to the Clay County Justice Center.
Clark was booked on preliminary charges of rape, residential entry and two counts of trespassing, while Maesch was preliminarily charged with rape, child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor.
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton confirmed both suspects would remain in custody at the jail for at least 15 days due to the violation of the individual release terms of their bonds.
The case remains under investigation and a full report will be forwarded to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for further review, which could lead to additional charges.
The sheriff's department anticipates more arrests in this case as the investigation continues to unfold.