Created on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 Written by JOEL E. MAST
A total of 17 counts were handed up Tuesday by a Logan County grand jury against Robert A. Wintersteller, 44, of 11307 County Road 97, Belle Center.
He faces felony charges of four counts of first-degree felony rape; four counts of third-degree felony sexual battery; four counts of third-degree felony gross sexual imposition; two counts of counts of fourth-degree felony gross sexual imposition; and one count of fifth-degree felony importuning.
He also was charged with single misdemeanor counts of intimidating a victim or witness and domestic violence.
The allegations in the case first came to light in December after several female relatives told Logan County Sheriff’s detectives they were molested by the suspect over a period of several years.
The oldest allegation dates back to 1992.
Special prosecutors from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office are handling the case. It was referred to the state by Logan County Prosecutor William T. Goslee, who handled civil cases for the defendant while in private practice.
The state is not commenting on the case until the defendant’s arraignment.
Mr. Goslee’s office did assist detectives in December by preparing search warrants for the defendant’s home and former business, Tri-County QWS LLC, 101 N. Madriver St.
The business has since been sold and is under new management.
It is not the first time the defendant has faced molestation allegations.
He was previously charged with five counts of gross sexual imposition, but the case fell apart after the female victim recanted some of the allegations and her mother refused to cooperate with the prosecution.
He reached a plea agreement in 2009 to avoid a sex conviction in that case.