PRESS RELEASE, 2/22/2018

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in rape case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Robert Achtermann (DOB 11-11-64) on 3 counts of Rape (Felony 1) and Shannon Melford (DOB 8-9-78) on one count of Rape (Felony 1).   If convicted of all charges, Achtermann faces the possibility of 33 years in prison and Melford faces the possibility of 11 years in prison.

Achtermann and Melford, who are boyfriend and girlfriend, are accused of raping a 31-year-old developmentally delayed woman known to them in November 2017.  Achtermann has 2 additional rape charges for events occurring in 2014 with the same victim.  All of the rapes occurred in residences in Cincinnati.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “These people are disgusting.  To use a developmentally disabled person as a sex tool is beyond comprehension.  I pray for the victim and pray that these idiots never get out of jail.”