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Suspect arrested after autistic woman raped

PERU, Ind. (WISH) – A Peru man was arrested on Wednesday after a criminal investigation into the rape of an autistic woman.

Indiana State Police served an arrest warrant that alleges felony charges of rape, criminal confinement, and sexual battery to Candler Henderson, 40, of Peru.

On Feb. 18, a 21-year-old autistic Miami County woman reported to police that she had been attacked and raped at the farm where she worked.

A police investigation revealed that the attack happened a week before, on Feb. 11, when police say Henderson dragged the woman into a house on the farm and violated her.

At the time the warrant was served, Henderson was incarcerated at the Miami County Jail for a previous arrest.

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Henderson is being held at the Miami County Jail with a $40,000 surety bond after the recent charges.

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