Lima man charged with rape in Van Wert

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VAN WERT — A Lima man entered pleas of not guilty Tuesday in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court to four sex-related charges.

Nicholas Tarbet, 25, was arraigned on charges of rape, a first-degree felony; two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, felonies of the fourth degree; and a single count of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony.

His bond was set at $50,000 and a pre-trial hearing was scheduled by Judge Martin Burchfield for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 19.