Suspect arrested after autistic woman raped

Mugshot of Candler Henderson (Photo courtesy Miami County Jail)

PERU, Ind. (WISH) – A Peru man was arrested on Wednesday after a criminal investigation into the rape of an autistic woman.

Indiana State Police served an arrest warrant that alleges felony charges of rape, criminal confinement, and sexual battery to Candler Henderson, 40, of Peru.

On Feb. 18, a 21-year-old autistic Miami County woman reported to police that she had been attacked and raped at the farm where she worked.

A police investigation revealed that the attack happened a week before, on Feb. 11, when police say Henderson dragged the woman into a house on the farm and violated her.

At the time the warrant was served, Henderson was incarcerated at the Miami County Jail for a previous arrest.

Henderson is being held at the Miami County Jail with a $40,000 surety bond after the recent charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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