Nineveh man faces charge of rape

A northern Brown County man has been charged with rape, criminal confinement, domestic battery and strangulation after a woman reported that he attacked her repeatedly at his home Dec. 8, in the presence of two children.

Rickey D. Haines, 38, was arrested Dec. 11, two days after the woman reported it. He is being held in the Brown County jail without bond.

Brown County Chief Deputy Mike Morris testified that the woman said she was in the bathroom at Haines’ home and Haines came in and attempted to force her head into the bathtub, which was full of water.

She said Haines was upset that she was talking to another man. Haines said he was going to make her pay and used a racial slur, the probable cause affidavit said.

She told officers that Haines sexually assaulted her in the bathroom. She screamed for help and two minor children came to the closed bathroom door. Haines yelled at them to go away, according to the affidavit.

Deputy Nathan Tompkins spoke with the two children separately; they said they could hear the woman yelling and crying from the bathroom.

One of the children ran next door to get help. When the neighbor arrived, Haines told her to leave. The neighbor told him that she needed a gas can because another person’s car had broken down, the report said.

The victim told Morris she begged the other woman to stay, but she left, the report said.

The victim went outside and Haines followed. She said he continued to yell at her to unlock her phone. Haines threw a bicycle at her, ripped a pole from the railing of the porch and hit her repeatedly with it on her leg and collarbone, the affidavit said.

The children reported seeing Haines throw the bicycle; he yelled at them to go back inside, the report said.

The children also reported hearing banging on the house. When they went outside, they saw Haines holding the woman in a chokehold, the probable cause affidavit stated.

The woman then unlocked her phone.

Back inside, Haines sat in the living room with a shotgun shell in his hand and had the woman retrieve a shotgun for him. Haines loaded the gun. The woman told the officer Haines said “that she better hope no one comes to the house because he would use the shotgun,” the affidavit said.

Haines then forced the victim to make dinner. He told the children to go into another room while he and the victim went into his bedroom. He brought the gun with him.

Haines sexually assaulted her again and used her cellphone to record the assaults. He threatened to post the videos on social media for the man she was talking to to see, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Haines prevented her from leaving the rest of the night, the report said.

The next morning, Haines deleted the videos on the phone before giving the phone back to her and going to work, the report said.

Haines was picked up on a warrant for rape at the intersection of Brown Hill and Salt Creek roads in a vehicle registered to a family member. He was spotted at a gas station by an officer, and deputies Andrew Eggebrecht and William Pool followed him.

The battery, confinement and strangulation charges were added at his initial hearing Dec. 14. Haines appeared by videoconference from the jail.

Public defender Courtney Jones was appointed to represent Haines.

His bond was set at $100,000. Haines asked about reducing it so he could keep his job. He would have to pay 10 percent, or $10,000, to get out of jail.

Judge Judith A. Stewart set a hearing for Dec. 28 to discuss reducing his bond and extending a no-contact order to the victim’s father and sister.

Haines has a history of domestic violence. He was charged with domestic battery, criminal recklessness and criminal mischief in June after a woman reported that he slapped her in the face, causing her to fall to the floor. She said he shot his gun twice at her and her cellphone. A child was also in the home that time.

The battery charge was a felony because that was his second such charge in five years. He was scheduled for a jury trial in March for that incident.

His jury for this incident has been scheduled for 8 a.m. March 2.

A conviction on Level 1 felony rape carries a 20- to 40-year jail sentence.

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Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.