Suspected sex offender arrested on 12-count indictment

Cary Ashby • Feb 3, 2014 at 3:56 PM

A suspected sex offender was arrested on a 12-count secret indictment this weekend.

Huron County Sheriff's deputies arrested Stephen Erwin, 23, at 4:43 p.m. Friday at his home, located at 104 E. Seminary St. He was booked into the Huron County Jail nine minutes later, according to jail and sheriff's office records.

"We've had him under a secret indictment for at least a month-and-a-half," said Greenwich Police Officer Aaron Smith, who handled the investigation.

A grand jury often issues a secret indictment if authorities suspect the defendant might flee.

Erwin is charged with 12 counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Each of the fourth-degree felonies is punishable by six to 12 months behind bars.

Smith said the suspect was living in Greenwich and police had been looking for him ever since he moved. The officer said there was a suspected sex offense which took place in Willard. It's unclear if Erwin's indictment reflects that allegation.

"Erwin was cooperative. He had confessed to all 12 counts. ... This (happened) over roughly several months," Smith said, referring to offenses in Greenwich.

The suspected victim is a teenage girl.

"She's a young teen. She's not old enough to be consensual," Smith said.

"Her father looked at her Facebook (page) and came across some information. ... I know her father called the station."

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