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Oakwood HS, ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner seeks new trial in sex assault case

Published: Saturday, December 02, 2017 @ 3:02 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 02, 2017 @ 4:50 PM

Brock Turner seeks new trial in sex assault case

Standout Oakwood High School and former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner has appealed his sexual assault conviction.

Turner was convicted of three felony counts of sexual assault in March 2016 for the Jan. 8, 2015, assault of a 22-year-old woman behind a dumpster on Stanford’s campus in Stanford, Calif., after a fraternity party.

In an appeal filed Friday, Turner’s lawyers said the initial trial was “a detailed and lengthy set of lies,” the Associated Press reported.

They are seeking a new trial, which they hope will overturn his mandatory lifetime requirement to register as a sexual offender, the AP reported.

The case gained national attention when Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to six months in a Palo Alto jail. He was released in September 2016 after serving three months of his six-month sentence.

Turner’s parents moved from their Oakwood home to a house in Sugarcreek Twp. in Greene County, where Turner is serving a three-year probation. He also must register his address every 90 days with the sheriff’s office in Xenia for the rest of his life as a Tier III sex offender.

Locally, the case against Turner, a 2014 graduate of Oakwood High School, drew attention to what his classmates described as a party culture. 

Turner told Persky he grew up in a small Ohio town and “never really experienced celebrating or partying that involved alcohol.” 

Turner’s own supporters contradicted his statements. One teenage girl wrote a letter to the judge attesting to his good character while under the influence. 

“I have been with Brock while he has been drinking a few times within the past two years,” the Oakwood student wrote. “While consuming alcohol in my presence, Brock was the same great guy he was while sober. He was always in control and continued to act rationally and be himself all night.” 

A probation officer report shows Turner’s blood-alcohol content the night of the assault was 0.13 percent. The victim’s blood-alcohol concentration six hours after the assault was 0.12 percent; prosecutors said extrapolation indicated her intoxication level was 0.22 percent when she was sexually assaulted but that her BAC could have been higher. 

According to records from the campus public safety department, the victim was found behind the dumpster in a fetal position, her dress pulled up to her waist and her underwear on the ground 6 inches from her body. 

In California, Stanford University transformed the site of the assault. The university removed the dumpster and replaced it with landscaping and several benches. Stanford law professor Michele Dauber, a friend of the victim, told CBS affiliate KPIX-TV in the San Francisco Bay Area that she pushed the university to create the memorial.

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Sheriff confirms Clark County Jail inmate death

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:45 PM

A group of cells at the Clark County Jail.
A group of cells at the Clark County Jail.

Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett Friday night confirmed a jail inmate was found hanging in his cell.

The man was found around 6 p.m.

The sheriff said the Clark County coroner was able to make contact with the man’s family.

His name was not released.

The incident is under investigation.

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Woman killed, 2 infants and a man critically hurt after SUV hits buggy in Shelby Co.

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:11 PM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Crash

UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.

A 23-year-old woman was killed and two infants and a man critically injured Friday night after they were ejected from a buggy in an alcohol-related crash.

“The preliminary investigation indicated that the buggy was westbound, properly lit, on state Route 47. A westbound SUV struck the buggy from behind,” Lt. Tim Bender of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said of the deadly crash involving four members of a local Amish family.

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The crash happened just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County border.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two infants were flown by CareFlight to a Dayton hospital, and a man was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The infants and man “are in critical condition at this time,” Bender said.

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None of the victims’ names have been released.

The SUV driver, whose name also has not been released, attempted to flee but his vehicle was stuck so he ran on foot, the lieutenant said.

“He was apprehended by Logan County Sheriff’s deputies about a mile from the scene,” Bender said. “It is possible the driver of the vehicle was alcohol-involved.”

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The SUV driver suffered minor injuries.

“The horse (pulling the buggy) also had minor visible injuries and was taken to a farm nearby,” Bender said.

The 911 call originally went to Logan County because the crash happened so close to the county line,and both agencies are handling the crash jointly, Bender said.

The SUV driver will be cited for assured clear distance and likely will face more charges in the fatal crash.

FIRST REPORT

Crews were called tonight to a serious crash between a vehicle and buggy.

The collision was reported just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West, near Township Road 33 North.

According to initial reports, there are at least three people injured.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office dispatch said no other information was available at this time.

Two CareFlight medical helicopters have been requested.

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Dayton school aide fired over sex abuse claim sues, calls report false

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

Ajilon Harmon sued DPS in civil court.

Former classroom aide Ajilon Harmon has sued Dayton Public Schools, two former DPS employees and the man who accused him of sexual assault, 11 months after the school district fired Harmon about that claim of sexually abusing a student in 1990.

Harmon’s lawsuit in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court names as defendants the school board, former superintendent Rhonda Corr, former DPS safety director Jamie Bullens, and the former student who years later accused Harmon of abuse.

MAY 2017: School board votes to fire Harmon over abuse claim

Harmon argues the man’s allegations were false and that DPS officials should have known that. This news organization is not naming the accuser, based on its policy for victims of alleged sexual abuse.

Harmon’s claims in the lawsuit include racial discrimination, breach of contract and defamation. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, and he has requested a jury trial.

Current DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said this week she could not comment on the lawsuit. Bullens also declined comment, while Corr and Harmon’s accuser could not immediately be reached.

MARCH 2017: Harmon on leave over allegation of decades-old abuse

The former student, now in his 40s, first told DPS officials and Dayton police in 2007 that Harmon had supplied him alcohol, photographed him nude, then sexually assaulted him at his home in 1990. No action was taken at the time by police or school officials. Harmon’s lawsuit claims both groups said the allegations weren’t credible.

Dayton’s school board voted to fire Ajilon Harmon on May 24, 2017.(Staff Writer)

In January 2016, the accuser allegedly assaulted Harmon when he saw him at a DPS sporting event. Questioned about that incident, the man repeated his allegations of years-old abuse by Harmon. Shortly after that, DPS placed Harmon on administrative leave from his job as a paraprofessional at Longfellow School.

DPS’ internal investigation, run by Bullens, found that the former student was “credible and truthful” about the abuse claim.

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Harmon’s lawsuit accuses Bullens of “intentionally conducting a fraudulent, sham investigation” and compiling a report containing “false and scandalous allegations” against Harmon.

The lawsuit says DPS never contacted Harmon to get his account of the case during the 13 months that he was on administrative leave. It also says that his accuser defamed him at Harmon’s April 2017 hearing before DPS officials, saying the accuser knew the allegations he made that day (and previously) were false.

Dayton’s school board voted to fire Harmon on May 24, 2017. In his lawsuit, Harmon claims DPS was guilty of pervasive harassment and discrimination against him based on his race, saying DPS treated “similarly situated non-minority employees more favorably” than they treated him.

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Miamisburg porch package snatcher indicted on drug charges

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 4:58 PM

William L. Alcorn
MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
William L. Alcorn(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

A 31-year-old Miamisburg man who admitted to stealing packages from a porch late last year was indicted today on felony drug charges.

William L. Alcorn is charged with possession of cocaine and aggravated possession of drugs for having methamphetamine, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report released today.

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The charges stem from Alcorn’s Dec. 19 arrest after he was caught stealing packages from porches on Lawrence Avenue in Miamisburg.

He also was charged with misdemeanor theft in that incident. He pleaded guilty in Miamisburg Municipal Court and was sentenced Jan. 4 to 180 days in jail with 163 days suspended plus credit for 17 days. He also was ordered to complete substance abuse treatment and serve two years of reporting probation, online court records show.

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He was ordered to appear for arraignment May 1 on the drug charges in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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