North Lawrence Man Arrested Following Investigation into Sex Offense

TUSCARAWAS TOWNSHIP (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – A North Lawrence man is behind bars in connection with a rape that took place last year.

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office tells WHBC News that 53 year old Joseph Cook was arrested on Friday following a lengthy investigation from an incident that was reported on December 26 in Tuscarawas Township.

Cook, who is a doctor of osteopathic medicine, is charged with rape and gross sexual imposition. His alleged victim is said to be an 11 year-old-girl. Authorities say the case remains under investigation.