Police arrest rape suspect

An Ashland transient was arrested during the town's Fourth of July parade and jailed on rape and other charges, police said.

Wesley Hoseclaw, 47, was charged with first-degree rape, two counts of attempted first-degree rape, disorderly conduct, harassment, animal abuse, resisting arrest and interfering with police.

The rape charges stem from an incident that occurred on June 2, Jackson County Circuit Court records show. The victim was known to Hoseclaw, Ashland police Detective Sgt. Tighe O'Meara said in a news release.

Hoseclaw is a longtime transient who has frequented the Ashland area for several years. He has numerous arrests for trespassing, harassment, disorderly conduct and stalking, court records show.

O'Meara did not return phone calls seeking further comment Thursday afternoon.

First-degree rape is a Measure 11 crime that carries a mandatory prison sentence of eight years, four months upon conviction.

Ashland police are continuing their investigation into the incident.

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