Man with 'serious substance abuse problem' sent to CBCF

Defendant "a thorn in the side" of Willard police while he was out on bond.
Cary Ashby
Apr 13, 2014


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.



Well guess his problems just got a lot worse. The family can thank the courts for sending him to CBCF which has a nearly 100 percent failure rate at converting dope monsters into people again. CBCF will allow him to make more drug contacts and friends inside the addict community. This is a truly sad way to end this mans chances of becoming productive again. Stay strong Cory. Someday the court will help you get the help you need.


The Norwalk Reflector should look into this "CBCF which has a nearly 100 percent failure rate" - if this is true....someone needs to do something!


Why should it be the courts job to get him the help he needs?


Absolutely. The courts didn't buy his drugs but they should pay to help him kick them? Throw him in prison for a year or 2


I'm not sure but I think the point is, they should just put him in jail in the first place.
Stricter penalties will make people think about their actions a little more!


I've read this turds name in the paper at least 4 times the past two months. This man has either had a series of unfortunate events or just simply thinks he is above the law. Seems to be the latter, in my opinion. I hope he can turn his life around


I heard he got knocked out trying to fight 3 people 4 days before his sentencing date. Serves him right though. Hope he's has fun with no alcohol for 6 months. He will be in prison eventually.


He was easily pone'd!!! Anybody who knows him will know what that means! I watched him bear hug a hickory tree one night drunk at a party so hard he was bleeding .


Cory needs all the help he can get. He needs to change himself and he has to want to change. The one thing he needs to do is change his friends completely and stop hanging out at the stupid tin shed.

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I know of this kid through friends of mine in Willard. Their kids who are his age say this guy is a total head case, an idiot and a ticking time bomb. Guys like this need locked away so they don't harm others.


I know him personally and he is not a ticking time bomb or a head case. He has a drinking and drug problem and yes he does become an idiot when he drinks but it also don't help when your so called friends are constantly urging you to do stuff when your drunk. Wish he would of listened to his family the ones that will always love him and care about him. He honestly is a good genuine guy when he is clean and sober.