Rape Trial Begins for Former Campbell County Deputy

Rustburg, VA - A former Campbell County deputy was in court Tuesday, accused of rape.

Ross Candler, 27, is accused of raping a 20-year-old woman at a party a year-and-a-half ago.

Tuesday, we heard from the alleged victim for the first time. She claims the former Campbell County deputy slammed her against a door, held down her hands and forced himself inside of her.

The defendant walked into the courtroom Tuesday morning, just before pleading not guilty to all three charges.

Ross Candler's attorneys claim the sex was consensual and call this a case of he said, she said.

A special prosecutor from Allegheny County was appointed to handle this case when the Campbell County Commonwealth's Attorney recused himself.

The prosecutor claims on December 27 and early December 28, the victim was drinking and playing a game of strip poker with Candler and two other Campbell County Deputies.

The woman claims Candler placed a bet that if she lost, they'd go into a dark bedroom alone together.

When they walked in, the woman claims Candler began kissing her violently, covered her mouth as she tried to say no, and raped her.

A forensic nurse, however, testified at Tuesday's trial that there was no swelling, bruising, or signs of physical trauma.

A verdict is expected sometime Wednesday.

The commonwealth has rested its case. Now it's the defense's turn.

If convicted, Ross Candler faces a maximum of life in prison.