Former Waynesville police officer facing sex charges scheduled for trial next week

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — The trial for a former Waynesville police officer charged with multiple sex crimes is scheduled to begin next week in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

Peyton J. Kocevar, 22, of Centerville was indicted in June 2020 by a Montgomery County grand jury on seven counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition, officials said.

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According to court records, the alleged crimes occurred while Kocevar was a student at Alter High school between 2012 and 2016. Prosecutors allege he raped multiple victims during this time.

“I commend and support the many victims who have come forward to disclose incidents where this defendant forced himself upon them.” Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck said in a media release. “I continue to encourage anyone, who has been abused by this defendant, to contact the Centerville Police Department.”

In June 2020, two women reported rapes that were said to have happened at an apartment in Centerville between 2014 and 2016, court records show.

Following the first two reports, six other women reported rapes as well. Those six victims told police the rapes happened in addresses in both Centerville and Kettering between 2012 and 2016.

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None of the crimes Kocevar is currently accused of committing happened on Alter High School property, prosecutors previously said. The school previously declined to comment on the case.

Kocevar had been a reserve Waynesville police officer since September 2019, but was terminated on June 26, 2020.

Waynesville Police Chief Gary Copeland previously said the department was made aware by Centerville police of an investigation involving Kocevar. The department immediately removed him from the schedule and Kocevar was not being paid, Copeland said.