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Maas granted early release

Attorney Beau Cross, left, appears with Keisha Maas, 31, of Marietta, Thursday for a judicial release hearing in Washington County Common Please Court. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

A Marietta mother was released early from her prison sentence for child endangerment Thursday.

Keisha Jo Maas, 31, of 111 W. Montgomery St., Lot 5, Marietta, was released by Washington County Common Pleas Judge John Halliday under the supervision of the Adult Parole Authority for the next three years.

The Maas case is connected to convicted rapist Devin Lindsey, 25, formerly of 408 Marion St., Marietta, whom she permitted to stay in her home, knowing he was a registered sex offender.

Maas was sentenced to one year in prison on Feb. 6.

Lindsey was sentenced to life in prison on Feb. 28 after pleading guilty to one count of rape, a first-degree felony; one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; one count of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third-degree felony.

He was a registered sex offender before these charges.

The charges of rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor stem from an arrest after two girls, one who was over the age of 13 and one who was under the age of 13, came forward to say they had been victimized by Lindsey and both, according to Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Derkin, were linked to Maas.

“The state is opposed to this judicial release, the (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections) won’t even recommend transitional control … due to the nature of the crime,” Derkin said in the courtroom Thursday. “Part of this is punishment to deter others from committing this type of crime and putting their children at the risk that this defendant put (a) child in.”

Both Derkin and Maas’s attorney Beau Cross noted records from the prosecutor’s office victim advocate, acknowledging family of Maas hoping for her release.

“Of course they want her back in their lives,” said Derkin, questioning her ability to responsibly parent. “Why wouldn’t they want back (Maas) who … let them live freely how they want.”

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