Reedsville man arrested in Washington Co. on rape charges

NEWPORT TOWNSHIP — A Reedsville man has been arrested in Washington County following a sexual assault investigation.

Officers arrested Mark A. Gibbs, 19, on July 10 after a 14-year-old girl told police officers July 7 that she sneaked out of her home without permission and entered Gibbs’ vehicle on County House Lane on July 4, according to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office press release. Gibbs allegedly drove her to a secluded location in Newport Township, forced her into the back seat and sexually assaulted her. The victim allegedly told police Gibbs apologized to her and said that he was drunk and unaware of what he was doing.

As of July 13, Gibbs remained incarcerated at the Washington County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond on a first-degree felony charge of rape.