Wine Trial Set

ST. MARYS — A St. Marys optometrist is scheduled to stand trial again in February on a different set of alleged sex crimes.

Douglas J. Wine, 52, 227 Candlewood Place, is scheduled to stand trial on two counts each of rape, first-degree felonies, gross sexual imposition, third-degree felonies, and sexual battery, third-degree felonies, starting Feb. 6 in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court. According to online court documents, seven days have been set aside for the trial.

Wine is scheduled for a pretrial hearing in the matter at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 13. 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.

The trial would be the second for Wine in less than a year. Wine was previously found guilty in October of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, and not guilty of sexual battery and rape, a first-degree felony. Jurors in the first trial deliberated for close to 13 hours across two days before reaching a verdict.

Wine is scheduled to appear for a sentencing hearing at 1:45 p.m. Dec. 14 in the first case. He faces a maximum of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Wine also will be subject to a sexual offender status hearing before the imposition of his sentence.  If convicted on the rape charge, Wine faced a maximum of 10 years in prison.