Accused sex offender, 7 others plead innocent
Jan 17, 2014 at 1:07 PM
A convicted sex offender accused of committing a similar offense was one of eight defendants who entered "not guilty" pleas to their respective charges Tuesday.
Brad A. Todd, 22, of 2205 Dogtown Road, Lot 64, Monroeville, must post a $25,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. If he posts bail, he is prohibited from having any direct or indirect association or communication with any non-family member under the age of 18.
Todd has a Feb. 18 trial scheduled in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He is charged with three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The charges are in connection with a June 29 incident, a suspected offense about mid-August and a Nov. 16 incident. Each of the second-degree felonies is punishable by two to eight years in prison.
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff has said the suspected victim is a 15-year-old girl, but declined to say how the defendant knows her. Detectives Rich Larson and Josh Kaufman, of the Huron County Sheriff's Office, investigated the case and contacted Huron County Children's Services.
Todd is on post-release control for local, sex-related convictions involving two girls, who were 14 and 15 at the time. In early February 2011, he was sentenced to 17 months in prison for three counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor.
The other defendants who also were arraigned Tuesday were:
n Ashley A. Amos, 31, of 235 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, has a Feb. 27 trial date on possession of heroin in connection with a Dec. 2 incident. She is subject to random drug screens.
"This might be a good (drug) intervention case," Huron County Public Defender David Longo told the court.
n Kreg K. Brady, 37, of 925 N. Meadow Lane, goes to trial March 6 on possession of heroin in connection with an Aug. 12 incident. The defendant, whose bond is $5,000, is subject to random drug screens.
"He's hoping to get this case addressed rather quickly," Longo said Tuesday.
n Timothy A. Brant, 33, of 324 Keefer St., Willard, has a Feb. 27 trial date for breaking and entering in connection with a July 24 incident. He is prohibited from being on the premises of the rural Willard victim's premises.
Longo said there was no forced entry and Brant's brother, who also was charged originally, later "retrieved the ladders and returned them."
n Kane M. Ortman, 21, of 15 W. Washington St., goes to trial March 4 on two counts of abuse of harmful intoxicants in connection with incidents on Dec. 5 and 8. He must post 10 percent of a $5,000 bond before being released from jail and is subject to random drug screens.
The Norwalk Police Department investigated both suspected offenses in which witnesses reported seeing Ortman huffing duster, which typically is used to clean computer instruments.
Authorities have said two officers responded to two 9-1-1 calls Dec. 5 and the second caller reported Ortman was lying on the ground and unresponsive. Capt. Mike Conney has said the two responding officers had to wrestle the suspect to the ground when "there was some physical resistance on his part."
n Donald R. Patton, 24, of 303 Washington St., Willard, goes to trial March 4 on breaking and entering in connection with an Oct. 31 incident. He is prohibited from being on the premises of a Bullhead Road, Willard, restaurant.
"I don't think anything was actually stolen," Longo said Tuesday.
n Jeffrey L. Patton, 43, of 405 Park St., Willard, has a Jan. 30 trial date on tampering with evidence in connection with a Nov. 6 incident. He must post a $10,000 bond before being released from jail. Patton and Donald Patton aren't related.
"I would submit that's overkill," Longo told the court about the $10,000 bond, since Patton doesn't have a bond on a "more serious charge."
n Jonathon Stover, 29, of 2720 Prairie St., New Haven, goes to trial Jan. 28 on one count each of possession of heroin and possession of criminal tools, both in connection with a Nov. 8 incident. He is subject to random drug screens and his bond is $5,000.
Judge Jim Conway released Amos, Brant and Donald Patton on personal recognizance bonds Tuesday. That means they signed court documents promising they would show up for future hearings, but they didn't have to pay any additional money.