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Huron County grand jury indicts 11 people on felony charges

Cary Ashby • Updated Feb 23, 2018 at 11:57 PM

A suspected rapist and several defendants earlier convicted of sex crimes have been indicted by a Huron County grand jury.

All 10 felonies filed against McClain L. Durst, 29, of Sandusky, are in connection with incidents involving a victim who is now 16, according to his indictment. The Huron County Sheriff’s Office transported Durst to the jail July 22.

Durst was charged with rape and two counts each of importuning and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, all in connection with a July 20 incident. He also faces five similar felonies stemming from a July 5 offense.

Multiple charges carry specifications that Durst pleaded guilty to a “sexually-oriented offense or child-victim offense” about Dec. 8, 2009 and Sept. 30, 2010 in Sandusky and Seneca county common pleas courts. A news report indicates he faces more sex-related felonies in Sandusky County after new allegations came to light and Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson was appointed the special prosecutor in November.

In separate, local cases, several defendants with earlier convictions for various sex crimes are accused of failing to provide authorities with their change of address.

Those suspects are: 

• Jason E. Copsey, 43, most recently of 653 Conwell Ave., Willard, was charged with failure to provide notice of his change of address. His indictment indicates he was convicted of sexual battery in Huron County about March 14, 2011.

• Justin K.A. Loudy, 27, most recently of 115 Jefferson St., was charged with failure to provide notice of his change of address in connection with an incident between Dec. 5 through 24. His indictment indicates he was convicted of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in Huron County about Nov. 25, 2009.

• Donald E. Mowry III, 35, most recently of 230 Whittlesey Ave., Lot 20, was charged with failure to provide notice of his change of address and failure to register, both in connection with an incident between Dec. 20 through 24. His indictment indicates he was convicted of gross sexual imposition in Erie County about March 8, 2008.

• Jose R. Ramirez, 24, most recently of 24 1/2 Church St., Willard, was charged with failure to provide notice of his change of address in connection with an incident between Oct. 19 through 25. His indictment indicates he was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in Huron County about March 3, 2013.

• David M. Sherman, 38, most recently of 34 Orchard St., Greenwich, was charged with failure to provide notice of his change of address. His indictment indicates he was convicted of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in Huron County about Nov. 13, 2008.

Other defendants who were indicted Friday are:

• Chase L. Clinton, 35, of Sandusky, on three counts of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, two charges of operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) of alcohol, a drug of abuse (or a combination of them)  and one charge of possession of marijuana, all in connection with a Jan. 24 traffic stop.

• Victoria M. Coombs, 25, most recently of 318 Woodbine St., Willard, on four counts of forgery and one charge each of receiving stolen property, complicity in the commission of an offense and passing bad checks

• Jack J. Leimeister, 25, of 25 Welton Ave., on one count each of having weapons while under disability, grand theft of a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, all in connection with a Jan. 1 incident involving a possibly stolen vehicle. His indictment indicates he earlier was convicted of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of drugs. 

Also, grand jurors determined they found no indictment against Leimeister on one charge each of OVI and possession of drug instruments, both first-degree misdemeanors.

• Jessica S. Souslin, 40, of Tampa, Fla., on improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle in connection with a Jan. 11 incident.

• Kyle S. Weiner, 28, of 109 1/2 Motson St., Willard, on three counts of theft, all in connection with an Oct. 14 incident.

In other action, grand jurors transferred a first-degree misdemeanor case against Stephanie L. Alsept, 46, of 57 Fruen St., to Norwalk Municipal Court for further, possible prosecution. She was charged with possession of drugs in connection with a Nov. 10 incident.

Also, grand jurors determined they found no indictment against Alsept on possession of cocaine.

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