Wine Indicted On 6 Charges

ST. MARYS — A St. Marys optometrist, who already faces a rape charge, was indicted on six more sex crimes, including two rape charges, and now faces life in prison if convicted.

Douglas J. Wine, 52, 227 Candlewood Place, was arrested Wednesday after he was indicted on two counts each of rape, first-degree felonies, gross sexual imposition, third-degree felonies, and  sexual battery, third-degree felonies. Wine was booked into the Auglaize County Jail Wednesday and was released on an own recognizance bond during an appearance in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court.

Wine previously pleaded innocent to one count of rape, a first-degree felony. He is accused of raping a 69-year-old Florida woman at his home on Oct. 10, 2009. Wine was ordered held on a $150,000 bond with a 10 percent cash provision, which he posted Feb. 8 — the day of his arrest.

Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon told The Evening Leader the new charges stemmed from a continuing investigation related to the initial complaint.

However, he declined to reveal if the charges were linked to a new alleged victim. Solomon said Wine turned himself into the sheriff’s office Wednesday.

Online court documents list the rape charges as alleged violations of Ohio Revised Code 2907.02A1BB. Under that code, Wine could face life in prison if convicted.  

The code also includes a provision that anyone convicted of the offense would be labeled a tier III sexual offender/child victim offender. Online court documents also indicate the alleged offenses date back to Sept. 1, 2003.

In June, Auglaize County Common Pleas Judge Frederick Pepple ruled against a motion in limine/suppression filed in April by Ritchey Hollenbaugh, Wine’s attorney, in the initial case. Hollenbaugh sought to have the pre and post-interview questions of an independent polygraph test Wine submitted to be ruled inadmissible in the initial court case.

Pepple ruled that prosecutors could use the statements in the pre and post-interview. However, Pepple warned neither side could make mention of statement made during the polygraph.

Wine submitted to the polygraph before any charges were filed against him related to the rape case. He also appeared without counsel but was in the presence of his wife during the four-hour interview process.

According to an incident report regarding the initial case, a woman reported the alleged crime Nov. 20 to the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office. If convicted on the initial rape charge, Wine faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Wine is an optometrist with an office on Spring Street in St. Marys and one in Oakwood.