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Man with 'serious substance abuse problem' sent to CBCF

Cary Ashby • Apr 13, 2014 at 6:07 AM

A Willard man who possibly was intoxicated when he possessed cocaine will be held in jail until he can be transferred to a locked-down substance abuse treatment center.

Cory D. Mathias, 26, of 842 S. Myrtle Ave., was out on bond before Thursday's sentencing hearing. He was fined $250 as part of his three years of intensive probation and also must also reimburse the Willard Police Department $40 for the cost of drug testing.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told the defendant his driver's license will be suspended for one year "due to your continued drinking." Conway also said he was very unhappy to find out Mathias was so much of "a thorn in the side" of the Willard Police Department while he was out on bond that officers felt it was necessary to notify the court.

"It's obvious he has a very serious substance abuse problem," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.

Mathias unsuccessfully sought treatment earlier, but wants to do more, said Woodruff and Huron County Public Defender David Longo.

Willard police received the report of a partially clothed person laying in a tree lawn about 6 a.m. Sept. 20. Officers responded and found Mathias with a strong odor of alcohol on him.

"Next to him were two unopened beer bottles. Officers felt he was a danger to himself and others. He was arrested for disorderly conduct," Prosecutor Russell Leffler said in mid-February.

On Feb. 18, Mathias pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine.

As part of a plea deal, Leffler said the state agreed not to pursue a probation violation in connection with Mathias' blood-alcohol content level testing at .335 and having "cocaine metabolites" in his system when he was treated at the hospital Feb. 15. He was at the hospital after being in an altercation.

"Mr. Mathias is a first-time felony offender," said Longo, who said his client is a "serious" alcoholic who likely was drunk during the Sept. 20 incident.

"I'm not sure he knows how he ended up with the cocaine," Longo added.

Mathias will remain in the Huron County Jail until he can be transferred to a community-based corrections facility. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

If Mathias violates the terms of his probation, he faces one year in prison.

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