Riddle man accused of raping and drugging girl, 15

A 45-year-old Riddle man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of raping and drugging a 15-year-old girl, according to a release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO).

In April 2017, an investigation was launched by DCSO concerning a report of by a 15-year-old girl who reported having been drugged and raped by an adult man.

DCSO detectives established a connection between the victim and the suspect, identified as Jason Robert Budel, 45, of Riddle.

Jason Robert Budel, 45, of Riddle, was arrested Sept. 27, 2017 on accusations of raping and drugging a 15-year-old girl. Photo courtesy of Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

After months of investigation, detectives contacted and interviewed Budel, and subsequently arrested him on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, second-degree sex abuse, delivery of methamphetamine to a person under 18 and a probation violation.