A Dayton man who reportedly contacted a teen over Facebook entered a plea agreement in the Hillsboro Municipal Court on Friday.
An affidavit filed with the court stated that the Leesburg Police Department responded to a report in June that Robert Reed, 44, was contacting a juvenile over Facebook. He had also allegedly met that juvenile in a park, according to the affidavit.
On Friday, Reed pled guilty to first-degree misdemeanor telephone harassment, and a charge for contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor was dismissed.
When asked, Reed said he had an adult daughter in her late teens. Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David H. McKenna then asked Reed how he would feel if a man Reed’s age was contacting her.
Reed said he did not know, adding that they had no contact with each other.
The judge said, “I was trying to see if you had any idea that a 14-year old girl with a 44-year old man has a serious stink about it.”
A 180-day jail sentence was suspended on the conditions that Reed pay half of a $1,000 fine, have no contact with the juvenile or her household, and get an evaluation and any recommended counseling at Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center. Reed was placed on reporting probation.
Jerry Dunseith, 46, Hillsboro, also entered a plea agreement.
The Times-Gazette previously reported that Dunseith was charged after a traffic stop last month. He faced first-degree misdemeanors for endangering children and operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI), as well as minor misdemeanors for possession of marijuana and failure to drive in marked lanes.
On Friday, Dunseith pled guilty to OVI, stipulated as a first offense, and possession of marijuana. The other charges were dismissed.
In reviewing Dunseith’s record, McKenna said, “You’ve been through this an awful lot (in recent years).”
Dunseith said that when he had pursued treatment in the past, he had “no intention of quitting drinking.” Dunseith said that over the last 31 days in jail, he had time to think. “I’m going to abstain from alcohol, and I mean that, sir,” he said.
Dunseith was given credit for three days in jail, and an additional 177 days were suspended. He was fined $375, and his license was suspended for one year. Dunseith was placed on reporting probation and ordered to obtain counseling and to possess no alcohol. He must pay the court costs on the marijuana charge.
Dunseith was also found guilty of violating his probation on an OVI conviction from last year. Records added that he also has past convictions for domestic violence and reckless operation.
Dunseith was given credit for 28 days in jail on the violation. His probation was extended for an additional year. He was released from custody on Friday.
McKenna told him, “If there are violations, we will be counting your jail time in months and not days …Let’s not let it get to that point.”
Also on Friday, a jail sentence was scheduled for Joshua Finnegan, 27, Hillsboro.
He entered an agreement, pleading guilty to fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct, which was amended and reduced from obstructing official business. He also pled guilty to a reduced charge of fourth-degree misdemeanor driving on a suspension.
A total of 60 days in jail were suspended. Finnegan must perform 120 hours of community service. He was released from electronic monitoring house arrest and placed on reporting probation. A $250 fine was suspended in each case.
He was also found to be in violation of a previous conviction for driving on a suspension. Finnegan was given credit for three days in jail, and a remaining 37 days were scheduled for November.
In other cases:
* Kenneth Haddox II, 20, Greenfield, appeared on a bench warrant, which was issued after he failed to appear for a deferred sentencing. The judge said Haddox previously pled guilty to OVI. If he had completed a three-day driver intervention program, the charge would have been reduced. As of Friday, Haddox had not complied. Fifty-six days of a 60-day jail sentence were suspended. Haddox received credit for one night in jail. He will also receive credit for completing an intervention program. He must pay a $500 fine. His license was suspended for six months. Haddox was released from custody on Friday.
* Shannon Edwards, 24, Hillsboro, also appeared on a bench warrant. She entered an agreement, pleading guilty to second-degree misdemeanor attempting to purchase an illegal amount of pseudoephedrine. Sentencing was deferred until December to give her time to get an assessment and any recommended counseling at FRS. If she is complaint, the charge will be reduced to disorderly conduct. She can be released on her own recognizance if she passes a drug screen. If not, her bond will be set at $1,000.
* An agreement was reached for Adam Collett, 47, Bainbridge. He pled guilty to second-degree misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments, and a first-degree misdemeanor drug abuse charge was dismissed. A 90-day jail sentence was suspended on the condition that Collett complete his current counseling. He must pay $150 of a $750 fine. His license was suspended for six months. Collett was placed on reporting probation.
* Chase Holsinger, 21, Leesburg, also pled guilty to possession of drug abuse instruments. As per an agreement, Holsinger was given credit for nine days in jail, and an additional 81 days were suspended. A $750 fine was also suspended. He was placed on reporting probation and released from electronic monitoring house arrest. His license was suspended for six months. Holsinger must obtain counseling at FRS.
* A charge of first-degree misdemeanor assault was dismissed for Lavar Cumberland, 33, Hillsboro. The Times-Gazette previously reported that Cumberland was charged after an alleged May incident. The case was dismissed with prejudice “due to (the) failure of law enforcement to provide discovery information to the prosecution,” according to court records.
* Cases were also dismissed for Melissa Brunner, 34, Greenfield. The Times-Gazette previously reported that she was charged with obstructing official business, OVI, and unclassified misdemeanor driving on a suspension.
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