PRESS RELEASE, 8/1/2007

A Hamilton County Grand Jury indicts a Symmes Township man for a series of rapes involving young females

Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph T. Deters announced today a 17 count indictment charging Chien Tai Wu of Symmes Township with rape, attempted rape, aggravated burglary, felonious assault, gross sexual imposition, and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance. Wu is 50 years of age.

The charges cover crimes against 3 different victims on 5 different dates over a 6 year period. Wu now faces up to 137 years in prison.

On July 18, 2007 at 8:00 a.m., a 16-year-old female was returning from dropping her little brother at a sports practice. Her parents were both at work. As she walked through the kitchen into the family room she was suddenly attacked by a masked man. She was shocked with a stun gun and a rag soaked with chloroform was placed over her face, rendering her unconscious. She was taken to the hospital where a rape exam confirmed that she had been sexually assaulted. There were burn marks on her chest consistent with a stun gun. There was also some type of chemical burn on her face.

The family of this victim told police that another family had experienced a similar attack the year before. Their teenage daughter believed she had been attacked while sleeping by a masked man.

Further investigation by the Sheriff’s Office revealed a third victim. She had been attacked twice in 2001 and again in 2004. On the last occasion the victim was so overcome by the chemical used in the attack that she was hospitalized for two weeks.

Members of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Prosecutor’s Office worked together to investigate Dr. Wu and prepared search warrants for his property. During the search of his home, hidden behind a drawer, sheriff’s deputies located a stun gun and a bottle of chloroform. Also recovered was evidence that Dr. Wu photographed at least one of his victims during the commission of the crime.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Deters said today, “A world-class investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has removed this monster from our community.

We now need the public’s help to determine if there are other victims out there. If you have any additional information or feel you may have been a victim, please contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at (513) 851-6000. ”