Babysitter faces child sex charge

A Muskingum Township man who made sexual advances toward a pre-teen girl in his care was indicted this week by a Washington County grand jury.

Robert “Buddy” R. Sammons, 68, of 205 Arends Ridge Road, Marietta, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of gross sexual imposition for allegedly kissing a 10-year-old girl on the legs, neck and head while he was supposed to be babysitting her on May 25.

The victim’s family knows Sammons’ family through the church they attend, said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

“This girl’s mother and (Sammons’) wife had some place to go. Mr. and Mrs. Sammons’ grandchildren, who are all similar in age, were supposed to come over as well,” said Schneider.

Sammons’ grandchildren did not come over, and Sammons was left alone to watch the girl, said Schneider.

While watching movies, Sammons asked the girl to “make out” and talked about sex, according to the release accompanying Sammons’ May 29 arrest.

The girl resisted and instead Sammons began kissing her without her permission, said Schneider.

“He has a record of this sort of thing,” said Schneider in reference to Sammons making sexual advances at young girls.

When arrested, Sammons told officers he had served time in jail and spent 10 years on probation in Dallas County, Texas for a 1985 incident where he touched an 11-year-old female’s breasts.

Sammons faces up to five years in prison on the charge.

Other indictments included:

Brian R. Mincks, 33, and Shauna D. Mincks, 32, both of 101 Townsend Ave., Girard, were each indicted on a third-degree felony count of illegal assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs.

On May 15, the Marietta Police Department approached the Mincks’ vehicle, which was parked in the 800 block of Pike Street, said Schneider.

“They were in the vehicle acting strange,” he said.

The couple told police that none of the local hotels had vacancies and they were staying in the car. A drug dog indicated on the vehicle and police reported finding evidence that meth had been made in the car. Powder tested positive for methamphetamine, and Brian admitted he had manufactured the drug, said Schneider.

Therefore, Brian was charged with an additional second-degree felony count of illegal manufacture of drugs.

Robert F. Oakley III, 34, of 4114 14th Ave., Parkersburg, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of money laundering. Oakley was previously indicted in May on a fifth-degree felony count of selling unapproved drugs and a fifth-degree felony count of possessing unapproved drugs for reportedly dealing large amounts of synthetic marijuana.

Now Oakley is being charged with money laundering for allegedly funneling drug proceeds through a sham T-shirt making business.

“The informant (who bought synthetic marijuana) actually asked him to make him a T-shirt and he said he couldn’t,” said Schneider.

Oakley had various machines used for making T-shirts, but they appear to be unused, he added.

Larry D. Loy, 55, of 1222 Williamson Ave., New Matamoras, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of having weapons while under disability, a fourth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property, a third-degree felony count of harassment with a bodily substance and a fifth-degree felony count of harassment with a bodily substance.

Loy was arrested June 19 when his home was the subject of a search warrant connected to a pair of robberies committed by Joseph Slider, another one of the home’s residents. During the search, Loy was allegedly found concealing a stolen firearm under his mattress. A previous felony conviction prevents Loy from possessing any gun, said Schneider.

While being booked into the Washington County Jail, Loy reportedly spit on two officers. The charge for spitting on officers was filed two ways, the more serious charge taking into account the fact that Loy is diagnosed with Hepatitis C.

Michael Packard, 47, of 811 Walnut St., Belpre, was indicted on a second-degree felony count of illegal manufacture of drugs and a third-degree felony count of illegal assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.

Packard was previously indicted in April on just the third-degree felony charge for allegedly making meth at his home. Since then, lab results have concluded that a powder taken from the apparent meth lab in Packard’s home tested positive for methamphetamine, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings.

The initial indictment was dropped and Packard was re-indicted for both having the chemicals to make meth and the actual act of making meth, said Rings.

Chase L.W. Simmons, 28, of 1010 Fifth St., Marietta, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of burglary and a fifth-degree felony count of theft.

Simmons reportedly broke into a Sheldon Avenue home when the home’s owner was gone for a day and a half. He reportedly stole cash, specifically hundred dollar bills that the victim had received as part of a recent life insurance payout, said Rings. Simmons was seen leaving the home around the time of the burglary and bought a vehicle using hundred bills shortly thereafter, he added.

Katie D. Cline, 26, of 27400 State Route 7, Park 3 Lot 63, Marietta, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of drug trafficking and three fifth-degree felony counts of drug possession. Cline’s probation officer requested she be arrested May 14 by investigators who observed Cline participating in a possible drug exchange they were watching.

When she got to the jail, she reportedly turned over several types of drugs she had hidden in a body cavity, including individually wrapped unit doses of heroin, another larger bag of heroin, a small quantity of cocaine and a few oxycodone pills, said Schneider.

Zachariah Beardsley, also known as Zacharia LaDeaux, 27, of 510 Stone Road, Belpre, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of domestic violence and a fourth-degree felony count of theft.

Beardsley reportedly assaulted his significant other on Jan. 9, said Schneider. When he knew police were on the way, he reportedly stole the woman’s prescription Xanax pills and fled.

Leilani L. Fortney, 36 and homeless, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of theft. Fortney and her son had been staying with the son’s paternal grandparents in 2011, and Fortney gained access to their banking information. She allegedly used the information to make several online transactions and withdrawals throughout the month of July, said Schneider.

Fortney was indicted in April on one fifth-degree and one third-degree count of theft for a similar incident involving a different family.

Edward Ellyson, 18, of 705 Barclay St., Lot 26, Belpre, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony count of attempted theft of a motor vehicle and a fifth-degree felony count of possession of criminal tools.

Ellyson and a juvenile were reportedly caught March 22 trying to steal a Ford Explorer from Jerry’s Auto Center in Belpre, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Graham.

The car was not in working order, but the two were allegedly planning to start it by stealing a battery from another vehicle or simply jumping the battery. Belpre Police officers noticed the headlights and caught Ellyson and the juvenile trying to execute the theft with jumper cables and wire cutters, said Graham.

Steven E. King, 49, of 716 Franklin Ave. Apt. 5, Belpre, and Patrick C. Jackson, 34, of 1201 B. Wyatt Lane, Belpre, were each indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of theft from an elderly person. The pair reportedly stole tools from King’s 86-year-old relative during July and August. Some of the stolen tools were spotted in King’s vehicle during a crash. Video surveillance proved both King and Jackson had pawned some of the tools at a local pawn shop.

Jackson, who is also the victim’s neighbor, had returned to the pawn shop to buy back an item, said Graham. He reportedly tried to return the item as if he had simply found it, she said.

Justin R. Schroeder, 32, of 6235 Fifteen Mile Creek Road, Wingett Run, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of theft. Schroeder reportedly broke into a home in Liberty Township on May 1 and stole jewelry. The victim was someone Schroeder knew.

Joseph B. Mayle, 30, of 705 Ninth St., Marietta, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of drug possession. Mayle’s home was the subject of a search warrant in May. Officers were looking for evidence of a burglary committed by a different suspect but reportedly found Mayle to be in possession of heroin.

Samuel Leal, 34, of 112 Scammel St. Apt. 1, Marietta, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of domestic violence. Leal allegedly assaulted his pregnant live-in girlfriend on May 30 during an argument.

Jerry D. Smith, 27, last known address 1483 Dutton Hill Road, Macksburg, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of breach of recognizance. Smith was arrested in May for violating the terms of his probation. He was released on a personal recognizance bond and then reportedly never appeared for hearings on that charge, said Schneider.

Jarome R. Griffin, 39, last known address 311 Maple St., Marietta, was indicted on a first-degree misdemeanor count of theft. Griffin rented a few items through Rent-2-Own, including a sofa and love seat. He reportedly made some payments and then stopped paying, said Graham. When Rent-2-Own tracked Griffin down to retrieve the property, Griffin stated it had been stolen from his lawn while it was left unattended for an hour as Griffin moved following an eviction. Griffin never reported the items stolen, said Graham.

Rent-2-Own valued the items at more than $1,000 because of fees and other factors. The grand jury disagreed and reduced the charge to a misdemeanor, she said.

Phillip Z. Singer, 24, of 40 Hanover Road, Cutler, was indicted on a first-degree misdemeanor count of domestic violence. On May 25 in Warren Township, Singer reportedly repeatedly punched his girlfriend in the face during an argument. The girlfriend did not report the incident, but someone who saw her injuries the next day called the police, said Rings.