Jury trial delayed for man charged with rape

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By The Staff

The trial of a Lawrenceburg man charged with raping a 13-year-old girl has been moved to September.
Stephen Linder, 23, was supposed to stand trial beginning July 14, but the trial is now scheduled to begin Sept. 6.
He faces two counts of second-degree rape and sexual abuse from incidents dating back to December 2009.
The underage victim in the case initially claimed she was raped by a “masked intruder” who “raped her on her kitchen floor,” according to documents on file in the Anderson County Courthouse.
The victim later recanted, and admitted that she made up the story. She confessed, however, to multiple sexual encounters with Linder, and said she lied for fear that she was pregnant and to protect Linder from being arrested.