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UPDATE: Defendant pleads guilty to rape



A Bellefontaine man faces up to 11 years in prison after entering a guilty plea Monday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor to a first-degree felony count of rape.

Michael Williams, 35, formerly of 700 Township Road 179, Apt. 3C, pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old girl.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dismissed third- and fourth-degree felony charges of sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. The defendant was arrested Aug. 3 after a member of the victim’s family reported the crime to officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department.   

Also, Brevard County, Fla., prosecutors agreed not to pursue allegations of sexual abuse the victim and her family claim happened there previous to this case. Defense attorney Marc S. Triplett noted for the court his client was not pleading guilty to accusations of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred in Florida.

Mr. Williams admitted to detectives he had violated the girl once on Aug. 1, but denied any other alleged incidents. Court filings assert the abuse occurred between July 7 and Aug. 1, 2012.

A $30,000 fine and a five years’ post release control sanction also apply. The defendant will be labeled a Tier III sexual offender and must report his address to law enforcement every 90 days for life.

He will be sentenced Feb. 11.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the maximum sentence for first-degree felony rape in Ohio. The story has been updated to reflect the correct maximum sentence.

A Bellefontaine woman sentenced to local jail time for taking an elderly man’s wallet after he misplaced it at a north side gas station highlights other cases handled in Logan County Common Pleas Court this week.

Jennifer Kindle, 38, of 332 West St., will spend 90 days in the Logan County Jail, five years’ community control, the probation incentive program and ordered to pay a $500 fine, restitution and court costs for theft from the elderly.


She pleaded guilty to the fifth-degree felony Nov. 13. An indictment also charged her with identity fraud after she took a wallet that had been misplaced by Kent Tenant, 68, at the former Rich gas station, 721 N. Main St., on May 3. Law enforcement used video taken from store security cameras to identify the suspect.

Charges had been made to the victim’s card in Logan, Union and Franklin counties, prosecutors report.
The restitution order totals $1,325.46.

                                Employee theft lands a woman on diversion program

Chastity Defibaugh, 35, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to theft and was placed on the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program. The former JCPenney employee admitted to stealing about $1,800 worth of materials on behalf of her sister and niece.

Her relatives would tell her which items they wanted and she would take them out the back door in a cardboard box, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Eric Stewart.

She estimated that she stole merchandise on 15 different occasions, taking between 15 and 20 items each time, Mr. Stewart said.

 Also pleading guilty:
• Charles Louden, 29, of Wapakoneta: theft.

According to court documents, he was trimming trees in September at a residence at 1685 Township Road 37, Huntsville, when he entered the home and stole two shotguns that he later sold to a private citizen he met while attempting to sell the firearms at a Rushsylvania game shop.

He will be sentenced Feb. 19, following a presentence investigation. 

• Richard Steiner Jr., 32, of Springfield: non-support of dependents.

Mr. Stewart said the defendant owes $11,302.94 in overdue child support and that he made only two payments over a two-year period between 2009 and 2010.

The defendant said he spent a portion of that time imprisoned on drug-related charges and has since found it difficult to gain employment with a felony on his record, but that he was working at the time he was arrested in this case and this latest arrest cost him that job.

He said he recently moved to Springfield because he believed he had a better chance at gaining employment.



• Ceaira Treen, 22, of Kenton, pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

She was charged in June for unlawful contact with with a girl under the age of 14.

• Stephen Coe, 22, of Bellefontaine: robbery, possession of drugs and burglary.

All three defendants will be sentenced Feb. 11.

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