Shane Carroll confers with his attorney in court Wednesday after being sentenced on sex charges. Carroll was one of 17 persons to make appearances Wednesday in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
Shane Carroll confers with his attorney in court Wednesday after being sentenced on sex charges. Carroll was one of 17 persons to make appearances Wednesday in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT — An Ohio City man, who Wednesday morning was declared competent to stand trial, decided to plead guilty to two sex charges in a plea arrangement.

Harley Maroney, 18, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree felony gross sexual imposition. A first-degree felony rape charge was dismissed in exchange for his plea. Sentencing was set for April 30 in Van Wert Court of Common Pleas.

Shane Carroll, 23, Convoy, was placed on three years of community control for fourth-degree felony unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Carroll was also given a 90-day jail sentence plus another 30-day jail term. He must also perform 200 hours of community service, have no conduct with the victim in the case, complete a psycho-sexual assessment and treatment program, and pay fees and court costs. An 18-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control. Carroll was also declared a Tier One sex offender and must register with law enforcement annually for the next 15 years.

A Middle Point man who asked to remain in jail in January to keep him away from drug influences was sentenced to spend up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima on a fifth-degree felony heroin possession charge. Zach Brinkman, 25, must also serve 30 days in jail, give up his drivers license for six months, perform 200 hours of community service, and pay fees and court costs as part of his three years of community control.



“He wasn’t trying to be flippant,” stated defense attorney Scott Gordon, “He meant it.”

According to Gordon, Brinkman has been involved in the drug scene in Van Wert County for a long time and wants to get out of it. Judge Charles D. Steele warned Brinkman that if he does not follow every rule at the WORTH Center to the letter, he will likely be terminated from the program, and that prison would be the next option.

Brinkman was given a 12-month prison sentence that was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Jeremy Detwiler, 22, Delphos, was placed on community control for three years for trafficking heroin, a felony of the fourth degree. As part of community control, Detwiler will serve up to six months at the WORTH Center after completing his prison sentence handed down in Putnam County. Detwiler must also serve an additional 30 days in jail, perform 200 hours of community service, give up his drivers license for six months, and pay fees and court costs. A 12-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Amber Baker, 24, Van Wert, was also placed on community control for three years as her sentence for fifth-degree felony drug possession. As part of her sentence, Baker must complete all recommended treatment, including inpatient treatment as well as serve 30 days in jail, performing 200 hours of community service, giving up her drivers license for six months, and paying fees and court costs. An 11-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Christopher Day, 41, Van Wert, admitted to violating the terms of his probation by using drugs. He was placed back on community control for three years and was ordered to serve out the last 74 days of his sentence in jail. A six-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Trent Webster, 49, Van Wert, appeared in court Wednesday to waive his right to a speedy trial and request a postponement of his trial date. Webster was arraigned in January on charges of robbery, grand theft, and cocaine possession. His request was granted by Steele.

Ten persons were arraigned on various criminal charges by Steele on Wednesday. Among those ten was Brandon Turner, 28, Sidney, Ohio. Turner pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree felony drug trafficking and third degree felony drug possession. He was arrested last week by Van Wert Police and was accused of dealing in the drug commonly referred to as bath salts.

Steele ordered Turner held on a $10,000 cash bond. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for March 19.

Dirk Russell, 34, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to corrupting another with drugs, a felony of the second degree. Russell was also ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond with a March 19 pretrial scheduled.

Kari Hatfield, 24, Van Wert, entered pleas of not guilty to second-degree felony burglary and fifth-degree burglary breaking and entering. Hatfield was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond transferred from Van Wert Municipal Court while a pretrial hearing was set for March 26.

Kyle Goodwin, 25, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to possession of drugs, a felony of the fourth degree. Goodwin was ordered held on a $10,000 bond with a pretrial hearing scheduled for March 19.

Ethan Mezuk, 23, Convoy, pleaded not guilty to fifth-degree felony heroin possession. Mezuk was released on bond and was ordered to attend a March 26 pretrial hearing.

Roger Hibbard, 37, Paulding, entered a plea of not guilty to fourth-degree felony domestic violence. Hibbard was released on bond. A pretrial hearing was set for March 19.

Anthony Oliver, 19, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to third-degree felony burglary. No bond was set since Oliver is already being held for a bond violation in an unrelated case. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for March 19.

Sean Sprouse, 34, Paulding, entered a plea of not guilty to a fourth-degree felony drug possession charge. Sprouse was released on bond. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for March 26.

Mary Showman, 52, Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree felony domestic violence. Showman was released on bond and was ordered to attend a March 26 pretrial hearing.

Etta Huffine, 36, Van Wert, entered a plea of not guilty to attempted deception to obtain a dangerous drug, a felony of the fifth degree. Huffine was released on bond. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for March 26.