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UPDATE: Defendant pleads to sex crime

A defendant who was having sex with a 15-year-old girl as her parents were reporting her missing to authorities admitted those crimes Monday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor.



Nathan Wright, 29, of 516 Jay Ave., pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third-degree felony.

He was arrested Feb. 19 by deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office following a report from the victim’s parents, who said the teen had been missing for several days. Deputies and the girl’s parents were able to track her location to the defendant’s address.

The 15-year-old was charged with delinquency disorderly conduct and was transported to the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center. Mr. Wright initially was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and was lodged in Logan County Jail.

During interviews with deputies, both acknowledged having sex in Kenton and again in Bellefontaine between Feb. 1 and Feb. 17, according to court files.

The defendant will be labeled a Tier II sexual offender, requiring him to register his address with the county sheriff every 180 days for 25 years.

He will be sentenced Sept. 3.

Shook trial continued



The trial of a former Riverside High School Band teacher accused of multiple sex crimes has been continued until later this fall.

John Timothy Shook, 34, of 816 S. County Road 24, DeGraff, is now scheduled to stand trial beginning Oct. 29 for one first-degree felony count of rape, five counts of third-degree felony sexual battery, one fourth-degree felony count of attempted sexual battery and three third-degree felony counts of gross sexual imposition.

His trial had been set for four days, Aug. 20 through 23.

The addition of two witnesses who reportedly will testify to the defendant’s behavior when he taught in Covington Exempted Village Schools between 2001 and 2005 prompted the continuance. Their additions may prolong the length of the trial, defense counsel said.

The court also blocked out Saturday, Nov. 2, as a potential trial day, if necessary.

                                                  Two defendants sent to prison

A pair of defendants were imprisoned in other cases this week.





David Mathews, 52, of Lakeview, was sentenced to three years in prison and a one-year driver’s license suspension for trafficking in drugs.

Brad Doseck, 33, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to eight months in prison and ordered to pay restitution for breaking and entering.

Also sentenced were:

• Doug Summers, 19, of West Mansfield: West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, five years’ community control and ordered to pay court costs and attorney fees for burglary; and
• Kimberly Itoney, 19, of Kenton: three years’ community control and ordered to pay restitution, court costs and attorney fees for forgery;

Three defendants pleaded guilty and were granted intervention in lieu of conviction, which requires them to complete alcohol and drug counseling and three years’ community control. They include:

• Alika Thomas, 26, of Russells Point: possession of drugs;
• Joanne Keating, 28, of DeGraff: possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs; and
• Corina Cotterman, 22, of West Mansfield: burglary and safecracking.

Two other defendants pleaded guilty.

Samuel Lockwood, 28, of West Liberty, pleaded guilty to aggravated trespass; and Brock Rayles, 37, of Quincy, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering. Presentence investigations were ordered and sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 3.

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