TB File Photo Chad M. Fowler plead guilty to unlawful sexual conduct and gross sexual imposition in this photo from October 28, 2009. Fowler was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday.
BY COMMON PLEAS COURT REPORTS
and KIRK DOUGAL
Times Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT - Three sentencings highlighted Wednesday in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court.
Chad M. Fowler, 24, of Ohio City, was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of Unlawful Sexual Conduct With A Minor, a third degree felony, and Gross Sexual Imposition, a fourth degree felony.
The charges were the result of a Van Wert County Sheriff's Department investigation which alleged that he was involved in sexual conduct and contact with a teenage girl on September 10 at the park in Middle Point. Judge Charles D. Steele handed down a four-year prison sentence on the Unlawful Sexual Conduct With A Minor and a twelve-month prison sentence for the Gross Sexual Imposition charge. He also ordered that the sentences be served consecutive to one another. Fowler was given credit for time served while he was incarcerated in the Van Wert County Jail awaiting final disposition of his case. Fowler is now a Tier 3 sex offender and will be required to register in person every 90 days for the rest of his life with the sheriff of the county in which he resides.
Shane Lee Mosier, of Middle Point, was sentenced to one year of community control on a charge of Theft, a first degree misdemeanor. Mosier will be required to spend 30 days in the Van Wert County Jail at a time to be determined by his supervision officer. As a part of his sentence, he will need to complete 200 hours of community service unless he is fully employed, at which time the community service requirement can be reduced to 100 hours.
Judge Steele also ordered that Mosier pay restitution in the amount of $500 to the victim by March 10, 2010 and pay all costs of prosecution of his case. Failure to make the restitution by the set date will result in a violation of his community control.
John McGinnis, 28, of Convoy, was placed on three years of community control on a charge of Possession of Drugs, a felony of the fifth degree.
McGinnis' attorney John Hatcher told the court that his client has a very lengthy criminal record and that it stems from a very serious drug problem. Hatcher told Judge Steele that arrangements had been made for McGinnis to enter an intensive in-patient drug treatment program in Fort Wayne, Indiana immediately upon his release from jail.
Judge Steele ordered that McGinnis be released from jail immediately and become involved in the long term in-patient treatment program on Wednesday. McGinnis had his driver's license suspended for a period of two years, will be involved in two years of intensive supervision and must pay all costs of the prosecution of his case.
Stephan Davies, 29, of Lima and formerly a Van Wert resident, entered guilty pleas to two separate indictments charging him with Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fifth degree, and an additional charge of Receiving Stolen Property, a fifth degree felony.
A Van Wert City Police Department investigation revealed that Davies had been in possession of a stolen 2009 GMC pickup truck belonging to the Dominion East Gas Company. The vehicle had been stolen in American Township near Elida on October 30, of this year. The second charge of Receiving Stolen property dealt with property that had been taken from another vehicle that had been stolen from the Lima News parking lot on October 27.
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for January 20, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.
Samuel C. Haiber, 18, of Delphos, entered a guilty plea to a charge of Criminal Damaging, a first degree misdemeanor. According to a Delphos Police Department investigation, Haiber set fire to a chair at his mother's residence on November 30. The fire caused minor damage.
Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for January 6, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.
Kristina Diltz, of Van Wert, appeared in court on a probation violation hearing but entered a denial to the violation with a hearing to be scheduled at a later date.