PARMA HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - We are learning more about a veteran Cuyahoga County dispatcher accused of raping and kidnapping a former girlfriend and her teen daughter. The charges date back to 2005.
Ralph Hughes, 50, was indicted earlier this week and taken into custody Thursday. The alleged attacks happened at his home in Parma Heights. Hughes's former live in girlfriend claims he raped her and her 14-year-old daughter multiple times. The 2005 crimes were not reported until July 8, 2011. Hughes no longer lives in that home.
Hughes is currently locked up. He is expected to be arraigned on September 12th. Hughes is facing charges of rape, kidnapping and domestic violence.
Hughes used to be a North Olmsted police officer from 1992 until 1999, where his supervisor praised his work and said Hughes gets along well with the public.
He resigned from that job to take a police officer position with Cuyahoga Community College. He patrolled on their Metro Campus. College officials say Hughes was terminated from his job in October of 2008, because he violated college policy and Department of PUblic Safety rules of conduct; including, gross misconduct and retaliation of Hughes's sexual harassment of another college police officer.