This file photo shows Joel Crawford at a 2011 court appearance. Crawford admitted to damaging the ankle bracelet used to monitor his house arrest in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday. (TB File Photo)
This file photo shows Joel Crawford at a 2011 court appearance. Crawford admitted to damaging the ankle bracelet used to monitor his house arrest in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday. (TB File Photo)

VAN WERT — A Van Wert man who admitted to damaging the ankle bracelet that was being used to monitor his house arrest will now head for prison.

Joel Crawford, 25, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for vandalism for the ankle bracelet incident. He was given credit for 82 days already served. Then Judge Charles D. Steele found that the admission to vandalism violated the terms of Crawford’s community control in two prior cases. He then sentenced Crawford to another 12 months of prison time with 209 days credit for time already served.

Crawford admitted to the Aug. 3 damaging of the ankle bracelet. He was serving his sentence for drug and theft charges after being arrested July 9 with heroin and admitting to stealing his grandmother’s silverware.

Joshua Rager was sentenced to spend up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima as part of three years of community control. Rager had admitted to aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. He must also serve an additional 30-day jail sentence, perform 200 hours of community service, give up his drivers license for six months and pay fees and court costs. A nine-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.



Robert Seibert, 27, Van Wert, admitted to violating his treatment in lieu of conviction agreement by failing to report an arrest, failing to report to his probation officer, and failing to attend counseling. Seibert will be sentenced on March 19.

Derek Gaskill, 26, Van Wert, was found competent to stand trial after a report from Court Diagnostic Service in Toledo was reviewed. After that ruling, Gaskill entered guilty plea to breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools, each a felony of the fifth degree. An assault charge was dismissed in exchange for the guilty plea. Gaskill then requested and received treatment in lieu of conviction. He will have one year to complete his treatment program.

Ryan Agler, 22, Van Wert pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drugs, each a fifth-degree felony. He also requested and received treatment in lieu of conviction and was given one year to complete his treatment program.

Logan Linton, 21, Van Wert entered a guilty plea to fifth-degree felony using harmful intoxicants. He, too, was granted treatment in lieu of conviction and was given one year to complete his treatment program.