By WHIO Staff
MONTGOMERY COUNTY — A Waynesville police officer has been charged with rape and other sex crimes involving eight suspected victims for offenses prosecutors said happened before he was hired by the department, court records show.
Peyton Kocevar, 22, of Centerville, was arrested by police Thursday night after a warrant was issued. Kocevar is charged with seven counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition. His bond was set Friday morning at $500,000 and he was ordered not to be in contact with any minors or witnesses.
Earlier this month, two women reported rapes that were said to have happened at an apartment in Centerville between 2014 and 2016, court records show.
Following the first two reports, six other women reported rapes as well. Those six victims told police the rapes happened in addresses in both Centerville and Kettering between 2012 and 2016.
Kocevar was in high school at the time the allegations are said to have happened. He attended Alter High School, according to the school’s website. A spokeswoman for the school declined comment on the case.
All eight of the accusers provided detailed accounts of the alleged rapes, according to Centerville police. The victims told investigators Kocevar “forced himself upon them,” the prosecutor’s office said.
Centerville police spoke with Kocevar at his Centerville apartment last week to discuss the allegations against him, however he did not admit to anything, court records show.
Kocevar was still in high school at the time the crimes are said to have been committed.
Kocevar has been a reserve Waynesville police officer since September 2019.
Waynesville Police Chief Gary Copeland said the department was made aware by Centerville police last Friday of an investigation involving Kocevar. The department immediately removed him from the schedule and Kocevar is not being paid, Copeland said.
As a reserve officer, Kocevar is typically scheduled about two times each month, Copeland said.