Man faces 4 rape charges


By Nicole Minier

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man is facing multiple charges of rape after he allegedly violated a no-contact order that was issued by the Whitley County court in early December.

Erik Sparks, 24, is charged with four counts of rape, level 3 felonies, and invasion of privacy, a Class A misdemeanor.

According to a police report, Sparks was arrested for domestic battery in early December, in which a no-contact order was put in place. Sparks was bonded out of jail Dec. 29.

After he left the Whitley County Jail, Sparks allegedly returned home and allegedly raped the victim multiple times in a day.

In one instance, the victim told police that Sparks was allegedly reading Bible verses on adultery out loud while allegedly forcing her to perform sex acts on him.

Sparks appeared in Whitley Circuit Court last week for his initial hearing.

He is next scheduled to appear in court Jan. 29 at 9 a.m.

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