‘Internet pimp’ stung by cops convicted by jury

Published: Thursday, March 07, 2013 @ 3:22 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 07, 2013 @ 6:31 PM

A man Dayton police call an “Internet pimp” was found guilty Thursday of crimes related to promoting prostitution. Police called it a rare conviction for a top-level person tied to online prostitution advertisements.

Kevin J. Barker, 50, of Dayton, was found guilty Thursday on all six counts by a jury of six men and six women in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. The jury deliberated fewer than two hours.

“We were in uncharted waters on this one,” Dayton police vice Sgt. Chris Fischer said of the case.

Barker was convicted on one second-degree felony count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, two fourth-degree felony counts of promoting prostitution and three fifth-degree felony counts of possession of criminal tools. If he is sentenced to prison and gets time for each count, Barker could face between 4.5 and 14 years in prison.

Judge Barbara Gorman set sentencing for April 3. Wearing a suit and tie, Barker was handcuffed, had his electronic surveillance bond revoked and remanded into the custody of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Prosecuting attorney Kelly Madzey asked jurors not to let Barker insulate himself from the “dirty money tied to dirty deeds” since she said other employees answered the phones and sometimes transported women to hotels to meet clients.

“That’s the point of his organization, the way he set it up was to keep his hands as clean as possible and officers were able to catch the crime when it’s at the street level,” Madzey said. “But the people who are behind the scenes are harder to identify.”

Dayton police set up multiple sting operations to gather evidence against Barker, who posted ads on backpage.com and the now-defunct website peekaboodayton.com for adult entertainment. Multiple women who were connected with Barker’s business have been found guilty of soliciting. The operation led to an interview meeting between Barker and an undercover officer posing as a prospective employee.

“He was ready, willing and able to pimp”, Madzey said. “We’ll ask (the judge) to hold him accountable.”

According to police, Barker at one time had about 35 women working for him.

Authorities said Barker would get $80 and women would get $80 per call and that anything after that was negotiable. Police said Barker said his business at its height would get upwards of 50 calls and perhaps 100 text messages per day. Barker’s website was taken down the day a subpoena was served on his residence.

Defense attorney Thomas Manning told jurors that Barker did run an adult-oriented business but that this case was “what happens when the wrong conclusion is reached about the wrong person.”

Fischer credited Dayton police Det. Raymond St. Clair for the investigation which resulted in 55 pieces of evidence.

“It was just a solid case,” St. Clair said. “Chalk up one for human rights and women’s rights.”

Autopsy set for man shot, killed by citizen as he struggled with police officer

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 3:53 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 9:52 PM

UPDATE @ 9:22 p.m.: An autopsy is to be performed Tuesday on a man shot and killed by a citizen as he struggled with an Indiana Conservation Officer near Rising Sun, Ind. 

Indiana State Patrol officials are not releasing the name of the woman who fired the shot that hit 32-year-old Justin Holland, of Moores Hill, Ind., in his torso. He died at Dearborn County Hospital not long after he was taken there by medic unit. 

The autopsy is to determine cause of death, according to a statement issued through the ISP-Versailles District 42, Versailles, Ind. The statement was attributed to Sgt. Stephen Wheeles. 

The woman lives near where the altercation between Holland and the conservation officer was occurring shortly after 12:30 p.m. in the 8300 block of state Route 56, west of Rising Sun. 

The officer, whose name is not being released, was dispatched on a suspicious person. At some point during their interaction, Holland began to resist the officer. 

According to ISP's preliminary investigation, the woman went to help the officer "who was being overtaken by Holland." She fired a personally owned firearm once. 

The conservation officer suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the county hospital as well, according to ISP. 

ISP officials said the names of the woman and the officer will not be released, pending the outcome of the investigation. She is not in custody, according to ISP.

Rising Sun is approximately 80 miles southwest of Dayton.

FIRST REPORT

A man was shot and reportedly killed by a citizen coming to the aid of a law enforcement officer during a traffic stop in Ohio County, Indiana today, according to our CBS affiliate WKRC in Cincinnati.

According to WKRC, an incident took place on Indiana Route 56 after a conservation officer had responded to a call about a suspicious person.

Indiana State Police said a conservation officer pulled over the suspect and while trying to arrest the suspect, the individual began fighting with the officer.

A citizen nearby pulled out his personal weapon and fired at the suspect, according to ISP.

Our CBS affiliate WKRC reported the suspect that was wounded by the gunfire died from his injuries, however ISP could not confirm that information.

We’re working to learn more on this developing story.

Fairborn coach under investigation calls process ‘appalling’

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 11:59 AM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 4:13 PM

A Fairborn church pastor and school basketball coach publicly expressed frustration Monday that a Children Services investigation into him is still ongoing after more than six weeks.

Aaron Chivington serves as lead pastor of Fairborn United Methodist Church, and is a part-time middle school basketball coach with Fairborn City Schools. On Facebook Monday, he claimed that he had been falsely accused, saying the Children Services process was “appalling.”

>> FIRST STORY: Fairborn coach, pastor placed on leave

Chivington said publicly when the investigation began that Children Services removed seven foster children from the home he still shares with his wife and their biological children. Last week, in a Facebook live Q&A, he discussed his anger over that move and the fact that the children have not been returned. He remains active in his church role.

Greene County Children Services officials did not return calls in early January when Chivington was placed on leave, and their offices were closed Monday.

Fairborn City Schools Superintendent Mark North said Friday that Chivington will remain on administrative leave until the investigation is completed.

“We have not received an update or a final report on the investigation from Children Services,” North said Friday.

North said the investigation was sparked by complaints from a parent, and the school district investigated in late December. North said based on the schools’ own probe, and initial word from Children Services, they allowed Chivington to keep coaching through the Jan. 4 game.

But North said Children Services then sent a second communication notifying the school district that they would investigate the complaint. At that point on Jan. 5, Chivington was placed on leave by the schools.

Former Bengal arrested for assault, public indecency

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 4:15 PM

Former Bengal arrested for assault, public indecency

A former University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Bengals player is in the Butler County jail facing several charges for an incident Sunday.

Jerome Kyle “J.K.” Schaffer, 26, was taken into about 10:15 a.m. at a church in Chapel Road in Morgan Twp., according to the sheriff’s office. He is charged with assault, breaking and entering and public indecency, according to jail records.

Deputies were called out to the 3400 block of Chapel after Schaffer allegedly assaulted a man then fled, according to the sheriff’ office. They then got a call from a church where Schaffer was allegedly trying to break into a car and was taking his clothes off.

Schaffer was arrested without incident, but when he was taken to the jail, “he uncooperative and in a very agitated state and appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug,” said Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer.

On Monday, Schaffer remained housed in the jail. His case will be heard in Butler County Area I Court in Oxford, but a court date has not yet been set.

Schaffer played football for La Salle High School and UC. He signed on as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012, but was released from the practice squad; he was picked up by the Bengals and signed to the practice squad that November. He was added to the roster in Sept. 2013, then waived in Aug. 2014, according to WCPO, our media partners.

Deputy accused in domestic violence case now on unpaid leave

Published: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 12:46 PM
Updated: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 9:42 PM

UPDATE @ 5:25 p.m. (Feb. 17): Sheriff's Deputy Douglas Gearhart is now on unpaid administrative leave, according to a letter from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office personnel director. 

Gearhart, in the letter dated Feb. 16, is required to surrender his weapon, ID credentials, badge, keys and entry card. He also is prohibited from accessing the sheriff's office computer systems and programs. 

As of Friday afternoon, he was still in custody in the Warren County Jail. NEW: As of 8:03 p.m., Gearhart was no longer listed as a jail inmate, indicating he has posted bond and has been released.

EARLIER REPORT (Feb. 17)

A Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy accused of assaulting his wife and stepdaughter earlier this week in Franklin Twp. was expected to be free on bond Friday.

Deputy Douglas C. Gearhart, 43, was allegedly intoxicated Tuesday evening when he fought with his step-daughters and wife, who lost three teeth during the incident.

Gearhart was arrested by Warren County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with two counts of domestic violence.

A charge of felonious assault was added later. He also is expected to face a drunk driving charge.

Judge Rupert Ruppert set bond at $35,000 cash or surety and Gearhart was expected to be released this afternoon.

He was being held in the Warren County Jail without bond, pending today’s hearing in Franklin Municipal Court.

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During the hearing, Ruppert also ordered Gearhart not to erase home surveillance video.

If released, Gearhart is expected to live with his parents. He is barred from contact with the alleged victims and be on a GPS monitor.

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Lawyer Ed Perry sought a low bond, noting Gearhart’s ties with the area.

Born and raised in West Carrollton, Gearhart first worked as a police officer in Middletown from 1996 to 2001, when he joined the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, according to Perry.

A police incident report said surveillance footage from inside Gearhart’s Franklin Twp. home showed him grabbing his wife, dragging her by the hair through the kitchen and slamming her head onto the edge of the kitchen island.

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The report also said 911 calls from Gearhart’s residence indicated that Gearhart returned home intoxicated and “was hitting everyone in the house.”

“Our step-dad is beating our mom right now,” one 911 caller told a dispatcher at about 6:40 p.m. “Oh my gosh, I knew this was going to happen.”

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for next Friday in the Franklin court, although Gearhart could be indicted before that in Warren County Common Pleas Court in Lebanon.