74-year-old due to be sentenced for rape dies in farm accident

Farm accident kills man who admitted rape of child

NEW FRANKLIN, Ohio - A 74-year-old awaiting sentencing on a rape charge was killed Tuesday.

Richard H. Schilling died in a farming accident Tuesday along West Nimisila in New Franklin.

Police said the accident is still under investigation and would not release further details.

Schiling was due to be sentenced next week for the rape of a 10-year-old from April 16, 2012 thru October 7, 2012 according to court documents.

On May 29, Schiling changed his plea from not guilty to guilty in court 1, rape, Ohio Revised Code Section 2907.02(A)(1)(b), a felony of the first degree.

Some neighbors on North Street said they had known about the charges but did not know he had pleaded guilty.

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