Prosecutors say Ottawa Hills rape suspect having coded conversations with wife

Published: Feb. 19, 2020 at 4:43 PM EST
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Lucas County Prosecutors are seeking access to communications between Ronald Stevens and his wife in connection with the Ottawa Hills school employee's rape case.

Prosecutors believe Stevens wrote a letter to his wife containing a list of codes that would allow them to have conversations without authorities being able to understand what they were talking about. They also believe Stevens kept an index of the coded numbers under his bunk in his cell:

In a memo filed Tuesday, lawyers are requesting materials taken from Stevens' jail cell on January 18.

They argue that while communications between a suspect and their attorney is protected, other communication is not, and a jail cell is not protected either.

They say that prior to having his cell searched, Stevens told his wife on January 17 that she would have to burn the letter.