Paul Suralski pleaded guilty to twelve counts involving child pornography Monday in the Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
Paul Suralski pleaded guilty to twelve counts involving child pornography Monday in the Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)

BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
egebert@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT - A Van Wert man pleaded guilty on Monday to 13 felony counts involving child pornography. Paul Susralski, who was scheduled to have his case heard at trial later this week, pleaded guilty to all 13 counts.

Susralski pleaded guilty to eight counts of pandering obscenity involving minors, each a felony of the second degree, four counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented materials or performance, also second-degree felony charges, and one count of possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. The pleas would make Susralski eligible for a prison term of up to 97 years. He will be sentenced on Feb. 5, 2014.

Susralski was arrested in June after Van Wert Police and agents from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Identification served a search warrant at his Blaine St. home in Van Wert. Investigators had identified the house as a location where child pornography had been downloaded on a computer.

Also on Monday, Tamara K. Menke made her first appearance in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. The 47-year-old Menke is charged with shooting death of her mother, Barbara Robinson, and the shooting of her father on Nov. 14. in the parents' Fulton St. home in Van Wert.

According to her lawyer, Menke may be planning to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. She did not enter a plea to the charges she is facing, as attorney Scott Gordon notified the court that he wishes to have a competency evaluation for his client to determine her mental condition at the time of the shootings.

Menke was ordered held on a $1 million cash bond at Monday's arraignment hearing. She is charged with aggravated murder, which is punishable by life in prison without parole or with the possibility of parole in 20, 25, or 30 years. The other four charges are: attempted aggravated murder, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison and a $20,000 fine; felonious assault, a second-degree felony punishable by up to eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine; aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison and a $20,000 fine; and burglary, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 36 months in prison and a fine of $10,000.

Each of the five counts has a specification attached that she used a firearm in the commission of the crimes. The specifications would add one more year in prison for each count.

With no plea being entered by Menke, the court entered a not guilty plea on her behalf. Her next appearance in court was scheduled for Dec. 23 when an pretrial hearing in the case will be held.