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Charges dropped against Wood County man accused of rape; still faces life in prison in separate case

The charges were requested to be dismissed "without prejudice," meaning they could be reinstated in the future. He faces three counts of rape in a separate case.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Editor's Note: The attached video originally aired on Oct. 25, 2021.

The number of charges against a Wood County man facing life in prison has been reduced after a 30-count indictment including multiple counts of rape, kidnapping and felonious assault was dismissed Friday.

The charges against Steven M. Finch II stemmed from allegations he committed these acts against his then-wife and collectively covered the period between Aug. 1, 2019 - Nov. 30. 2020.

The charges were requested to be dismissed "without prejudice," meaning they could be reinstated in the future.

The dismissal of this case leaves in place a separate case involving a different victim, carrying charges of three counts of rape with a sexually violent predator specification.

Each rape offense is a first-degree felony and carries an indefinite prison term of at least 11 years. The specifications include additional prison time which could be as long as life in prison.

The trial is set to begin on Dec. 8. 

Credit: Wood County Sheriff's Office
Steven Finch II