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Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 4:29 PM
Former Dayton Children’s Hospital doctor Arun Aggarwal pleaded guilty Thursday to four counts of gross sexual imposition, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas court records.
Aggarwal, a pediatric gastroenterologist, had previously pleaded not guilty to allegations that he improperly touched the breasts of two teenage female patients.
“Between Dec. 23, 2013, and Nov. 10, 2014, the defendant, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Dayton Children’s Hospital, inappropriately touched teens during medical examinations,” said a statement released Thursday by the office of Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck. “The inappropriate touching was not a medically necessary part of the examination.”
Aggarwal’s attorney, Samuel Shamansky, said Thursday the plea agreement between his client and the county calls for a 10-month sentence, with credit for the four months he has been in jail awaiting trial.
When he gets out, the agreement states he will voluntarily return to his native India if he is not deported. He is currently in the country on a work visa.
“This gives him certainty and ends a very difficult saga in his life and he’s eager to get back to India and move ahead,” Shamansky said.
The agreement will now be presented to Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman. Formal sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 28.
Aggarwal also could face financial sanctions of up to $5,000 on each count and a prison term of 18 months on each count, according to the court filing.
The agreement says he will be a Tier 1 offender, meaning he will be unable to reside within 1,000 feet of a school, preschool or daycare and must register his address every year for 15 years.
Aggarwal, 40, was arrested in August at Dulles International Airport allegedly attempting to flee the country after he was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury. He is currently in the Montgomery County jail. His bond is set at $500,000.
Aggarwal practiced at Dayton Children’s Hospital, but he was employed by Wright State University. He was hired in December 2013 and terminated by WSU in September 2015 after his hospital admitting privileges lapsed during the police investigation.
Aggarwal sued Wright State in federal court alleging he was fired without due process, and an arbitrator has ruled the university has to pay Aggarwal $91,799 because the school didn’t follow proper steps to fire him. The university may appeal the decision.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:50 PM
PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia Eagles fan attacked a horse after being ejected from the Eagles-Falcons playoff game in Philadelphia on Saturday.
According to WPVI, police said 22-year-old Taylor Hendricks was ejected from the game and became violent as we was leaving. WTXF reported Hendricks struck a mounted police officer in the legs and repeatedly hit the horse in the face and neck.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:27 PM
LEBANON — The manager of a Franklin strip club pleaded guilty on Tuesday to trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, two counts of permitting drug abuse, and illegally operating a sexually oriented business.
Judge Timothy Tepe is to sentence Michael Reese, 37, of Miamisburg on March 9 in Warren County Common Pleas Court.
In January 2017, Reese, a night manager at the New York, New York strip club in Franklin, was observed by plain-clothes law enforcement officers on multiple occasions handing cocaine to a co-defendant in the case, Courtney A. Rogers, a dancer with the stage name “Giselle,” according to a press release issued Tuesday by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.
Rogers , would then allegedly sell the cocaine to customers. Reese told officers that the dancers received a portion of the proceeds from the drug transactions, according to the release. Reese was also allowing nude dancing to occur past midnight, in violation of the law, the release said.
“Today’s guilty plea by the manager of New York, New York conclusively demonstrates that the club, its management, and its dancers engaged in numerous instances of drug trafficking and other illegal activity that law enforcement and Franklin city officials had long suspected was regularly occurring at the club,” said Warren County Prosecutor David P. Fornshell in the press release.
“Our office will continue to proceed with the prosecution of the related cases in order to hold to account the club and the remaining defendants for their role in perpetuating this criminal enterprise,” Fornshell added.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:45 PM
TROY — Investigators believe they have witnesses who can place a husband at the scene where his wife was found dead in a car, Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said Tuesday.
Randy Freels faces a charge of one count of murder in the death of his wife, Samantha Freels, 52, who was found in a wrecked car with a gunshot wound Friday.
Bail for Randy Freels, 57, was set at $1.5 million Tuesday in Miami County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty.
Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell asked Judge Gary Nasal to set “a substantial cash bond as high as the court is willing to give. This is based on his conduct and the charge itself.”
Duchak said a check of available department records to 2010 did not show any sheriff’s office calls to the Freels’ residence.
One of the witnesses told investigators she stopped on Ohio 55 around 2:50 p.m. Jan. 12 to ask a man and woman in the road if they needed assistance, then heard “six to eight popping sounds” a short time later after pulling into her nearby driveway, according to a sheriff’s office report.
The witness said the woman “appeared nervous and the male did not make eye contact with her and did not speak,” according to the report. The witness, after viewing a photograph, said she believed the woman was Samantha Freels of Union Twp.
Emergency crews were called just after 3 p.m. Friday for a report of a car into a creek in the area of Ohio 55 and Elleman Road — near where the woman had encountered the couple earlier.
Investigators initially thought the driver, Samantha Freels, died because of the crash but later found she had a gunshot wound.
A sheriff’s investigator at the scene noticed a “fresh bullet hole” on the vehicle’s trunk lid.
Randy Freels was arrested Friday evening at the couple’s home on South Rangeline Road.
Duchak said Tuesday that the investigation continues after a search of a car driven by Samantha Freels, a truck also found near the crash scene and registered to Samantha Freels and the Rangeline Road, Ludlow Falls, residence.
The sheriff said numerous weapons were found in the search of the home, including long rifles and pistols. He did not have an exact number but said it would be “in excess of 40.”
“We have several witnesses we believe will place him at the scene,” Duchak said Tuesday.
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 12:23 AM
DAYTON — Update@6:18 p.m. (Jan. 16):
The the 14-year-old boy was shot in the mouth as he and his 13-year-old brother were playing with a gun and they didn’t know it was loaded, police said.
The older boy is expected to fully recover.
The younger brother was being held in juvenile detention Tuesday evening, and will remain there until his court hearing next week.
Officers have not said who owns the gun.
A juvenile was shot in the mouth late Sunday night by another juvenile relative at a Dayton home, police said.
The incident was reported around 11:50 p.m. in the 500 block of Brightwood Avenue.
The victim was rushed by medics to a local hospital.
The minor’s age, gender, and condition were not immediately available, however, the individual shot was able to walk to the ambulance themselves and is expected to be okay, per officials.
According to initial reports, the individuals involved may be siblings.
Dayton police said the shooting is accidental, but will continue to investigate.