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Published: Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Updated: Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 10:21 PM
VANDALIA — UPDATE @ 5:55 p.m. (Jan. 29): Union police investigating "sexting" involving students who attend Vandalia Butler schools are pursuing a criminal charge against a 16-year-old female Vandalia Butler High School student.
The girl -- whose name we are not reporting because of her age -- is being charged with delinquency by reason of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, according to an incident report filed by Union police.
That charge is or has been forwarded to Montgomery County Juvenile Court.
The girl's mother told News Center 7's James Buechele that her daughter is slowed developmentally, has a low IQ, and should not be accused of a crime.
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According to a supplemental report dated Jan. 29, the girl's father advised police that his daughter “on her own free will” did send photographs and a video of herself engaging in sexual acts, but that a boy at the high school threatened her into sending him more photos.
The girl, her father said in the report, did comply and sent more nude photos.
The father and mother said they want police to investigate the boys who distributed the photos and video among themselves, as well as the boy the father said threatened their daughter.
Union police told the father that Vandalia police or the Vandalia-Butler School District would have to investigate the accusation involving the threat because Union has no jurisdiction.
The father, in the report, said he would be contacting Vandalia police.
Officials with the school district said that because the incidents did not occur on school property, the district would not be investigating the incidents.
INITIAL REPORT (Jan. 26)
Police began an investigation into a “sexting” case involving students who attend Vandalia Butler Schools.
A father reported to police that his daughter took a nude video and nude photos of herself on her cellphone, and then sent them to five boys who attend Vandalia Butler Schools, according to a Vandalia police report.
Vandalia police Lt. Kurt Althouse said the incident happened in Union, and that Union police took an offense report.
We reached out to Union police and are awaiting more information on their investigation.
Anaka Johnson, communications and public relations coordinator for Vandalia Butler Schools, said the incidents did not happen at school or involve the district, so there is no school investigation.
The incident was reported to have happened between Dec. 22, 2017, and Jan. 17.
It remains under investigation, Althouse said.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities said a Georgia woman accused of setting a fire that spread to 19 houses started it in the house she lost in a divorce.
Paulding County fire officials said Adrienne Satterly, 41, of Hiram, stacked a pile of mattresses in the living room of the home, on Rosemont Court in Hiram, early Sunday morning.
She then lit the mattresses on fire and left the house with her two cats, fire officials said.
The fire spread to 19 separate homes in the Greystone Subdivision, destroying four homes and damaging 16 others, firefighters said. The fire was reported at 3:25 a.m.
Satterly is charged with 14 counts of first-degree arson and three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
Neighbors told WSBTV that they ran out of their homes with almost nothing but their lives.
“I lost my two dogs, which is the hardest thing because material things can be replaced, but my dogs is my -- that breaks my heart,” neighbor Auzalea Godfrey said.
Fire investigators said Satterly called 911 after walking about an hour to a nearby Walmart after starting the fire.
Satterly remained jailed Tuesday in Paulding County, where she is being held without bond.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:19 PM
DAYTON — A sneaky new scam involving tax refunds is growing, and it means you need to keep a close eye on your bank account.
There are several variations of the scam: unexpected refund deposits to your bank account using compromised bank routing information, suspicious paper checks coming in the mail and, in one case reported in Maryland, it appeared a fraudulent refund check had been deposited using a smartphone.
According to the IRS, the victim will then receive a call or recorded message saying they need to return the funds to a collection agency-which is actually the scam account.
If you pay the scammers, you will get a double whammy hit to your bank account when the IRS or your bank realize that the deposit was bogus and withdraws the funds.
The number of victims jumped from a few hundred to a few thousand in just days, after more tax practitioner data breaches, according to the IRS.
The IRS has these recommendations to avoid getting scammed:
If you notice a suspicious deposit, contact your bank to have the money returned to the IRS and call the IRS at 800-829-1040.
If you receive a paper check, write “void” in the endorsement field on the back and return it to the location printed on the check.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:17 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:25 PM
LEBANON — A Lebanon High School student will remain in the Warren County Detention Center for assessment in a school threat case.
This afternoon, Judge Joe Kirby flashed a newspaper headline reporting that more than 400 people had been shot in 200 school shootings before issuing the order to the boy, 17, of Turtlecreek Twp., who has already served four days in detention since he surrendered to authorities on Friday.
He is charged with inducing panic by texting, “THAT’S IT IM GONNA SHOOT UP A SCHOOL I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE” to friends on Feb. 15.
This case stems from an incident reported on Friday night by Lebanon City Schools involving a student threatening a student in another district using social media.
Another juvenile who attended Little Miami High School is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. hearing on charges including inducing panic and intimidation of a witness in the court in Lebanon, according to court officials.
“You could not not pick a worse offense,” Kirby said, noting the text was sent the day after the school shooting sin Parkland, Fla.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:53 PM
The former Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain charged with misdemeanor assault for pepper-spraying an inmate in a restraint chair had her trial pushed back until May 29.
A previously unscheduled hearing in Dayton Municipal Court was held Feb. 12 in which Judith Sealey’s trial was continued from March 22.
Sealey, a sergeant in November 2015, is accused of pepper spraying Montgomery County Jail inmate Amber Swink, who was strapped in seven-point harness and who had already been sprayed once before that. The county settled a federal lawsuit with Swink and her attorney for $375,000.
Also, Judge Christopher Roberts recused himself from hearing the case which will prompt the appointing of a visiting judge. No visiting judge has been named, according to the docket.
Roberts wrote that he “maintains professional relationships with jail command staff and other deputies of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office,” according to court documents. “Due to the potential for conflict or claims of bias resulting from these relationships, recusal is necessary.”
Sealey did not appear in court in a December hearing, but defense attorney Anthony VanNoy and Cincinnati Prosecutor’s Office assistant Natalia Harris met with Roberts before that pretrial hearing.
The case is being handled by the Cincinnati Prosecutor’s Office because Dayton City Prosecutor Stephanie Cook — a member of a Montgomery County Jail oversight committee — said it would be seen as a potential conflict of interest for her office to try the case.
Sealey, who took medical disability retirement, has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
VanNoy did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Harris has said she would not comment about an open case.
A Montgomery County grand jury in 2017 declined to indict Sealey on felony charges and findings of a federal probe into this incident and other jail issues have not been announced.
Video of the pepper-spraying came to light months after the incident when Swink’s attorney, Douglas Brannon, posted it on his website.
The video spurred the lawsuit, the ongoing federal probe, the misdemeanor criminal charge against Sealey, and contributed to calls for oversight of jail operations.