A northwest Ohio man is accused of raping three children over an 11-year period.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Wednesday that a Williams County grand jury has indicted Daniel Bignell, 40, on the following charges:
- Rape, five counts.
- Attempted rape, two counts.
- Gross sexual imposition, four counts.
- Kidnapping, three counts.
She said the children were known to him, that he was not "snatching them off the streets."
The crimes are alleged to have happened between 1999 and 2010, and began when the children were 13 years old or younger, according to Wednesday's announcement. Each kidnapping count carries a sexual motivation specification.
Investigators with the Williams County Sheriff's Office began investigating after one of the people identified as one of his victims, who is now an adult, came forward.
"We applaud the bravery of all the victims in this case," DeWine said in a statement. "It takes extreme courage for victims to come forward after years of abuse."
If convicted, Bignell could face life in prison. Wednesday's announcement said he is currently in custody at the Williams County Jail.
The case is being prosecuted by attorneys from the attorney general's Special Prosecutions Section.