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Grand jury indicts factory worker accused of having sex with girl

Cary Ashby • Feb 7, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A local man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl was one 22 suspects recently indicted by a Huron County grand jury.

Lawrence E. Hickman, 19, of 3764 U.S. 224, Lot 26, Greenwich, is charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and tampering with evidence, both in connection with a Dec. 21 incident.

Huron County sheriff's deputies arrested Hickman at his place of employment, a Milan factory, that same day.

"He was arrested and brought to the sheriff's office, where he admitted to having sexual intercourse with the 14-year-old (girl)," Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said soon after the arrest.

Also arrested was Hickman's girlfriend, a 17-year-old Greenwich girl. She is charged with complicity to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, complicity to tampering with evidence, obstructing official business and underage consumption.

Deputies started investigating the case after the Ashland County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call at 3:30 a.m. Dec. 21 from a female Huron County resident.

Two detectives and some deputies obtained a search warrant to check on the well-being of residents at Hickman's mobile home. Querin has said they found "signs of underage drinking and drug abuse" and while using a follow-up warrant several hours later, authorities recovered "a significant amount of disturbing evidence at the scene that will connect Mr. Hickman directly to the (sex) crime."

BCI agents processed the scene.

The grand jury met Friday and the results were released Monday.

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