(7-14-21) Rodney Knauss (32) of Van Wert has been charged with rape for attempting to have sexual contact with a young child.

Knauss has been indicted by a Van Wert Grand Jury on one count of rape, a felony of the first degree and gross sexual imposition, a felony of the third degree.

The indictment alleges that the incident took place between January and February of 2016 when he attempted to have sexual contact with a four year old child at the time.

Bond was set at $150,000 cash or commercial surety and a pretrial conference was scheduled for 8 a.m. August 4th.