Police: Man accused of rape, battery

An Edinburgh man was arrested after police said he hit a woman and touched her inappropriately.

Richard Childers, 38, 212 Russell St., was arrested on charges of rape, criminal confinement, domestic battery and disorderly conduct.

A woman reported last Thursday that an acquaintance, later identified as Childers, knocked a cup of soda out of her hand and then punched her in the stomach. After punching her, he made her pull down her pants and assaulted her, according to a police report.

The man later grabbed her head and banged it against the floor, pulling out a clump of her hair in the process, the report said. The woman climbed out a window and ran to a nearby store before going to the police station, the report said.

Police spoke with Childers, who denied that he hit the woman. Officers saw soda splattered on the wall and TV and found the empty cup and a clump of dark-colored hair and arrested Childers, the report said.

He was taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was being held on $35,200 bond.