Tuesday, Portsmouth police officers traveled to Oklahoma City to pick up James Hendrickson, 37, of 800 Lexington Ave., Norman, Okla., on a rape by force charge.
"The offense occurred on Nov. 12, 2007," said Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner. "And it is a felony of the first degree."
Specific information is being withheld to protect the victim, but Horner said it was a 17-year-old girl.
"He obviously left the area, but we found out he was in Oklahoma City," he said. "So they picked him up for us, and we sent the two officers there and they extradited him."
Horner said at the time the officers retrieved Hendrickson, he was served a warrant on complaint.
Hendrickson appeared in Portsmouth Municipal Court Wednesday morning for arraignment, and his bond was set at $100,000. Hendrickson's next court appearance will be in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Feb. 29.
Recent sentencing guidelines for the crime of rape, according to the overview of a report by the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission, gives judges and prosecutors a range of years based on the age of the victim.
In the case of a 17-year-old, the recommendation is for judges and prosecutors to issue five, six, seven, eight, or nine to 25-year sentences for victims older than the age of 13, while using 10 to life when a sexually violent predator specification is proved.
Prosecutors and judges may use their discretion in sentencing.
FRANK LEWIS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232.