Ex-Phillipsburg cop was suspended for porn at juvenile courts job

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 7:45 PM

Personnel records of Phillipsburg police officer

The former Phillipsburg police officer released after an arrest in Vandalia on suspicion of rape was suspended for accessing pornographic websites on the job while employed by the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center in 2009, the Dayton Daily News and News Center 7 uncovered in a review of his county personnel records.

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Justin Sanderson, 32, was arrested earlier this month by Vandalia police for allegedly raping two women at a Vandalia Knights Inn hotel last month, but was released after the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said further investigation is needed.

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Sanderson, who resigned June 10 from the Phillipsburg department, is not currently facing criminal charges. A telephone number listed in Sanderson’s personnel records was not in service Monday.

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Personnel records from Phillipsburg show Sanderson previously worked at the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center from 2007 to 2013, attended the Dayton Police Academy in 2014, and briefly worked as a police officer for the Grandview Medical Center Police Department during the last four months of 2014.

Sanderson applied to become a Phillipsburg police officer in October 2015, during which time he said he worked for G4S, a security company, as a site supervisor for a Dayton Metro Library branch.

Mark Wysong — Sanderson’s supervisor at G4S, according to his application — is also the Phillipsburg police chief.

Although the Phillipsburg application asked him to disclose if he had been “counseled, reprimanded, suspended, or terminated from any employment,” the application mentioned only a problem during his G4S employment.

The application did not mention the problems during his employment at the Juvenile Detention Center as a control room operator. The job description for the position states the person is responsible for monitoring and controlling “all movement entering into and within the secure detention facility of juveniles, visitors and staff.”

Among the problems documented in his county personnel file, Sanderson allegedly:

• Made four telephone calls while at work in October and December 2008 totaling nearly four hours and received a one-day suspension in April 2009 for the infraction;

• Left his post during an August 2009 duress situation in the detention center and failed to properly wear his uniform, something for which he allegedly had already been given a warning. He received a one-day suspension in September 2009;

• Received a three-day suspension in September 2009 for using the court administrator’s Internet account on two days in July, according to a notice of suspension, which states, “All documentation from Data Services shows you are the one responsible for accessing pornographic websites on those dates whether you admit it or not”;

• In 2012 received two employee violations for insubordination and poor work quality, which led to a total of eight suspension days, according to his 2012 performance review. Violation records from that year show he once left his post for more than two hours and was “observed leaving the building … for a period of over an hour.”

By June 2013, Sanderson’s performance reviews improved, with a supervisor noting he “shows the ability to make good judgment in most situations.”

A handwritten, one sentence resignation letter in Sanderson’s county file is dated August 20, 2013, but does not give an explanation for the resignation. His Phillipsburg application states he resigned from the Juvenile Detention Center because he “wanted to begin getting into shape for academy.”

On Monday, the news organizations asked the Phillipsburg village attorney if the department was aware of the issues at the Juvenile Detention Center, but did not immediately receive a reply.

The news organizations also filed a public records request Friday with the Grandview Medical Center Police Department seeking Sanderson’s personnel file. On Monday, Kettering Health Network acknowledged the request and said it “will need some additional time to review” it.

News Center 7’s Kate Bartley contributed reporting.

High Court: Sentencing for youthful offenders guilty in adult court stays in adult court

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 6:07 PM

Kylen Gregory, 16,  will be tried as an adult in the fatal shooting of Fairmont High School junior Ronnie Bowers last summer in Kettering.
Kylen Gregory, 16, will be tried as an adult in the fatal shooting of Fairmont High School junior Ronnie Bowers last summer in Kettering.

Youthful offenders found guilty in adult court for certain offenses now will have all convictions sentenced in adult court, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled today.

Today’s ruling reverses a 2014 decision by the 2nd District Court of Appeals. The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office appealed that ruling, and the High Court sided with the county, according to a news release from the prosecutor’s office.

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“This ruling makes sense in that the adult court judge is in the best position to sentence the defendant,” Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. stated. "Today’s ruling will help to streamline the administration of justice and provide finality for crime victims.”

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The ruling applies to juveniles convicted whose crimes were subject to a mandatory transfer to adult court. The appeals court ruling that was overturned ordered all other charges that were not subject to a mandatory transfer had to go back to juvenile court.

Teen girl pleads for help in first 911 text call in Miami County

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 9:11 PM

Matthew Weigel
Matthew Weigel

When a teenage girl texted 911 last week to say she was in the car with a 20-year-old man headed down Interstate 75 to buy heroin, it was Miami County Communications Center’s first such call.

It also was exactly the type of situation the text to 911 technology was intended to address, center Director Jeff Busch said Tuesday. The county announced earlier this month it was able to handle texts to 911.

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A transcript of the communication on July 22 between the girl, who was a passenger in the car, outlined the back and forth communication as the 16-year-old pleaded for help.

She described the situation and provided information as she traveled in the vehicle driven by Matthew Weigel from Miami County into Harrison Twp.a drug buy and their return up the interstate before being stopped near Tipp City.

"He's on a house arrest bracelet and he's trying to take me to Dayton with him to get heroin … cannot call on the phone," the girl texted. She also reported Weigel said he would lead police on a high-speed chase and wreck the vehicle, if necessary. 

READ: Former high school referee pleads not guilty to rape involving minor

The teen said the man thought she was texting his mother, though later in the transcript she texted he called her a "snitch." 

The interaction lasted around 30 minutes. The vehicle was stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Tipp City police. Weigel was apprehended without incident. He is in the Miami County Jail on suspicion of a probation violation. 

Miami County commissioners mentioned the successful resolution of the incident during their Tuesday morning meeting. 

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Busch earlier told commissioners the technology would be beneficial in certain circumstances, such as when someone was in a house or another situation in which a phone call could endanger the caller. Voice calls are preferred when possible, he said. 

"Obtaining and verifying information can be done more quickly through a voice call. Furthermore, telecommunicators can gain valuable insight into situations by hearing the tone of the caller's voice and listening to background noises through voice calls," Busch said on July 23 when he announced the new technology.

Former high school referee pleads not guilty to rape; judge reduces bond

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 5:21 PM

Henry Lucas (Courtesy/Miami County Sheriff's Office)
Henry Lucas (Courtesy/Miami County Sheriff's Office)

TROY – A Troy man and former Ohio High School Athletic Association referee pleaded not guilty today to felony rape in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Henry A. Lucas, 52, also saw his bail reduced, as requested, following a review by Judge Christopher Gee of a bond check report ordered during the morning arraignment hearing. 

Lucas is accused of sexual conduct involving a teenage girl in Troy in March and attempting to alter evidence against him. He pleaded not guilty to rape and tamping with evidence during arraignment via video from the county jail. 

More than 20 supporters of Lucas were in the courtroom for the hearing. 

Defense lawyer Andy Pratt asked Gee to consider a request for the recognizance bond or to “substantially reduce” Lucas’ bail of $400,000. Pratt said Lucas was a lifelong local resident and would live with his mother, if released. 

“He has tremendous support within the community,” Pratt said, pointing to those attending the hearing. 

Janna Parker, assistant county prosecutor, said prosecutors would request a cash bond for Lucas. She pointed out Lucas has a felony record and spent time in prison. He was convicted of a drug-related offense in 2010. 

Gee signed a bond order Thursday afternoon reducing the bail to $100,000, which can be posted at 10 percent cash or surety. 

Among conditions of the bail, if posted, were that Lucas have no contact with the minor victim, the minor victim's mother and have no unsupervised conduct with minors. 

The bond check was conducted by the adult probation office. 

Lucas was a long-time official for the OHSAA. His license was suspended following his arrest.

1,100 ecstasy tablets seized, 1 jailed in Kettering drug raid

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 2:06 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

UPDATE @ 7 p.m.

Detectives seized around 1,100 ecstasy tablets and several ounces of powder of the psychoactive drug during a raid this morning at a Kettering apartment complex.

Kameron Curran, 21, was arrested at the apartments in the 2000 block of Lakewood Drive on suspicion of drug possession, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail, where he awaits formal charges.

Kameron Curran(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

The raid ended a drug trafficking investigation conducted by the Regional Agencies Narcotics & Gun Enforcement Task Force along with agents from Homeland Security Investigations, according to the sheriff’s office.

The incident remains under investigation.

The task force urges anyone with information on drug activity to make a confidential call to the narcotics hotline at 937-225-6272.

FIRST REPORT

A man was escorted out of an apartment complex in handcuffs this morning on Lakewood Drive in Kettering during an apparent raid.

The circumstances surrounding the raid were not immediately known, however heavily armed undercover sheriff’s deputies were seen with the man, whose name has not been released.

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Deputies were on the scene around noon Thursday.

We’re working to learn additional details on this incident.