WC Grand jury indicts 18
Two defendants face child pornography charges
Two area men were indicted by the Washington County Grand Jury this week on having sexual images of juveniles saved on electronic devices.
They were two of the 18 true-billed defendants covering 47 counts.
Shaun M. McFarland, 42, of 111 Sunset Lane, Marietta, was indicted on five counts of second-degree felony pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person; five counts of fourth-degree felony pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person; and one count of possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.
He was reportedly found with 18 SD cards, cell phone and computer containing child pornography. The dates on the images range from January 2018 through May 2021.
“He was investigated based on a tip we received,” said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor David Silwani. “The Marietta Police Department investigated and found a bunch of child porn in his house.”
The second man, Daron Voshel, 45, of 307 Barnett Ridge Road, Belpre, was indicted on five counts of illegal use of a minor or impaired person in nudity-oriented material or performance, all second-degree felonies.
Silwani said law enforcement performed a search based on a tip they received.
“Voshel is a convicted sex offender,” Silwani said. “He has at least two prior adult sex convictions.”
He was reportedly found with images that showed a minor in a state of nudity, according to the indictment. Subject to forfeit is the Samsung Galaxy J3 V which contained the images.
Silwani said although the indictments of McFarland and Voshel may sound the same, as they are both charges based on sexual images of juveniles, they are different.
“Based on what is in the image, is what the charge is,” he explained.
Other indictments include:
¯ Jacob L. Carpenter, 27, of 360 Mechanic St., Macksburg, was indicted on one count of importuning and one count of possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. Carpenter allegedly tried to solicit two underage girls to engage in sexual activity in September. The person solicited was a law enforcement officer posing as a person who was 13-16 years of age.
¯ Michael R. Tabor, 45, of 7375 Dalzell Road, Whipple, was indicted on one count of abduction, a third-degree felony, and one count of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony. He allegedly restrained a juvenile Feb. 1-29, 2020, in Marietta. During that time, he reportedly had sexual contact with the juvenile.
¯ Joshua R. Muntz, 33, of 15 Juliana St., Newport, was indicted on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs and one count of possession of drugs, all fifth-degree felonies. He was arrested after reportedly being found in August 2018 with methamphetamine, amphetamine and Suboxone. He was previously convicted of aggravated possession of a controlled substance in April 2018 in Marietta Municipal Court.
¯ Shari Danielle Eckert, 41, of 1480 Main St., Stockport, was indicted on one count of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto grounds of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony. She reportedly attempted to take cocaine into the Washington County Jail.
¯ Brian Russell Mincks, 40, of 750 Ruble Ave., Belpre, was indicted on one count of trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, a third-degree felony; one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony; one count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a third-degree felony; one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested after allegedly being found in April on Ohio 7 at milepost 19 in Marietta with the drugs. He was also reportedly found with $2,778 in cash and a drug ledger.
¯ Jacob A. Johnson, 26, of 4177 E. State Route 60, McConnelsville, was indicted on one count of counterfeiting, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. He reportedly stole a phone from Robert P. Jones in March.
¯ Lacee Jay Butler, 37, of 7111 Colgate Ave., Cleveland, was indicted on one count of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony. Butler reportedly received a white pickup truck belonging to Samuel Stewart in December 2019.
¯ Ty A. Hall, 23, of 79 Gomber Ave., Cambridge, was indicted on one count of possession of LSD, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested after reportedly being found with the drug in the 500 block of Pike Street, Marietta, in June 2020.
¯ Anthony C. Williams, 48, homeless, was indicted on one count of failure to register, a fourth-degree felony. He reportedly failed to register with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in August. Registering was a requirement after being convicted of gross sexual imposition in July 2008.
¯ Roy S. Duley Jr., 53, of 2955 Muskingum River Road, Lowell, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested after allegedly being found with methamphetamine in the 900 block of Main Street, Belpre, in February 2020.
¯ Jason R. Stewart, 29, of 488 Catherine St., Columbus, and Justin T. Sprague, 26, of 402 Indian St. Apt. D, Zanesville, were each indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, fifth-degree felonies. They were arrested after reportedly being found with methamphetamine at 814 Farson St., Belpre, in August 2020.
¯ Juan C. Weaver, 47, of 518 25th St., Vienna, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony. He was arrested after allegedly being found with methamphetamine in November 2018 in Belpre.
¯ Michael A. Offenberger, 36, of 308 Florence St., Belpre, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was reportedly found with methamphetamine at 1944 Washington Blvd., Belpre, in November 2020.
¯ Melissa J. Beagle, 39, of 101 Evans St., New Matamoras, was indicted on one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. The Marietta Police Department reported a patrolman was dispatched to the GoMart on Jan. 22 in reference to a woman passed out at the wheel of a vehicle. Upon arrival and after investigation, Beagle was found and it was learned she had an active warrant for her arrest. She was taken into custody and upon arrival at the jail, a baggie of white powder had been dumped on the car seats.
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