JURY ACQUITS MAN OF EMPLOYEE RAPE Defense Claimed Woman Had Motivation to Lie

By Clouse, Thomas | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), October 3, 2012 | Go to article overview

JURY ACQUITS MAN OF EMPLOYEE RAPE Defense Claimed Woman Had Motivation to Lie


Clouse, Thomas, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)


An Airway Heights man was cleared of rape and kidnapping charges by a unanimous jury Tuesday after a young female employee made allegations of such an attack last summer.

Thomas C. Rohn, 38, was found not guilty of first-degree rape, kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment in a case that landed him in jail in August 2011 with a $260,000 bond. The arrest was lauded by an Airway Heights detective, who said he was glad to have Rohn off the street.

With his head down, Rohn shuddered and cried after the Spokane County jury cleared his name.

"They tried to blackmail me. They tried to get me to pay $5,000 or they would accuse me of rape," Rohn said of the two female employees who accused him of the abduction and sexual assaults. Airway Heights "police never investigated it," Rohn said. "I'm an innocent man."

Rohn was arrested last summer on three counts of first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping after two young employees claimed that they gave him rides from their jobs at the Organic Spa kiosk in NorthTown Mall to Rohn's home in Airway Heights. Rohn was manager.

Despite three counts of both kidnapping and rape, Rohn stood trial for just one count of each involving one of the women.

The alleged victim - who was 19 at the time - claimed that she gave Rohn a ride home at his request. …

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