A convicted sex offender now accused of selling drugs pleaded innocent to his newest charges Tuesday.
Eber J. Overly, 35, of 28 Aster Court, New London, goes to trial March 11 in Huron County Common Pleas Court on three counts of trafficking in morphine. The fourth-degree felonies, which are punishable by six to 18 months behind bars, are in connection with incidents on July 31, Aug. 1 and 2. A Huron County grand jury issued a secret indictment Nov. 22, according to court records.
The Huron County Sheriff's Office booked Overly into the Huron County Jail on Monday, according to jail records.
Judge Jim Conway released Overly on a personal recognizance bond Tuesday. That means the defendant didn't have to pay any additional money and signed a court document promising he would return for further hearings on his own.
If convicted of the drug charges, Overly could face prison time because of a prior felony conviction.
On Nov. 19, 2003, the former Norwalk and Monroeville resident was sentenced to 90 days in jail for attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Overly, who was placed on five years of intensive probation, was classified as a sexually-oriented offender and had to register his address annually for 10 years.
The Norwalk Police Department investigated the Dec. 31, 2002 offense.
Almost five years to the day of his sentencing hearing, the court ruled Overly would "unsuccessfully discharged from probation" and had his civil rights restored, according to court records. He was ordered to pay about $1,579 in court costs and restitution.