Prosecutor: Ex-nursing home nurse had sexual contact with residents, child porn

Published: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 @ 9:59 AM
Updated: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 @ 2:50 AM

BEAVERCREEK — Pristine Senior Living of Beavercreek sent a letter to their families informing them of the latest developments regarding former employee Steven Douglas McDowell, a 60-year-old licensed practical nurse who is facing sex charges involving residents at the senior care facility.

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  • A case of gross sexual imposition and pandering obscenity involving a minor was reported to police on July 17
  • Three Pristine Senior Living residents have been identified as possible victims
  • Families of the alleged victims have been notified

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UPDATE @ 1:59 p.m. (Aug. 4):

Bond was set at $250,000 during Steven McDowell's arraignment in Greene County Common Pleas Court Friday and a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf by the court. 

McDowell was appointed an attorney. 

The 60-year-old man is expected in court on Aug. 15 for a pretrial hearing.

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McDowell has been indicted by a Greene County grand jury on 11 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material, one count of voyeurism and three counts of gross sexual imposition, according to the prosecutor’s office.

According to Pristine’s letter to their residents’ families that’s dated July 26, three Pristine residents are possible victims of McDowell’s alleged criminal activity. 

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The victims

When McDowell’s arrest came to light in July, Pristine issued a statement indicating they were unaware of any of their residents being involved. 

Initially, McDowell was arrested on suspicion of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material.

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“We have been told that the licensed nurse’s criminal activity involves three of our residents. In the initial stages of the investigation, involvement of our residents was inconclusive,” Pristine’s letter reads.

The families of the alleged victims were notified of the alleged incidents and the ongoing police investigation, according to the letter.

“The safety and well-being of residents and patients is our number one priority,” Pristine’s letter begins. “Our commitment to safety includes being transparent about the recent arrest of a license nurse who is no longer employed with our facility.”

McDowell is being held in the Green County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. He is expected to be arraigned this week in Greene County Common Pleas Court. 

The charges

McDowell, 60, of Huber Heights, was indicted Aug. 1 on 11 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material, one count of voyeurism, and three counts of gross sexual imposition, according to the release. 

“At the time of his arrest, the State alleges that [McDowell] had multiple images on his cell phone that contained visual depictions of prepubescent minors in a state of nudity,” Greene County Prosecutor Stephen Haller said in the release. 

“The State further alleges that while employed at Pristine Senior Living in Beavercreek, Steven McDowell had sexual contact with two elderly impaired residents.” 

McDowell is scheduled for arraignment later this week. He is currently housed in the Greene County Jail on a $250,000 bond. 

The investigation

In July, Pristine Senior Living in Beavercreek reported it is conducting an internal investigation, and are cooperating with Beavercreek police in their investigation of sex offenses involving an employee. 

“Yesterday, an issue came to our attention regarding one of our employees which caused us to contact law enforcement,” a spokesman for the nursing home said in an emailed release. “We are not aware of any of our residents being identified as victims of abuse.” 

“The safety and well-being of our residents and patients is our number one priority.” 

Pristine Senior Living added all employees are ‘carefully’ screened including background checks and provide ongoing training. 

Beavercreek police declined to comment on the incident saying the investigation is still open. 

Sex offenses reported at Beavercreek nursing home

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Can you ID Dayton bike thieves?

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 5:16 PM

Police are asking for the public’s help to identify three suspects stealing bicycles.

The bike thieves took two bikes in the 300 block of West First Street over a two-day span July 11 and July 12, according to a release from Dayton police.

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All three suspects appear to be younger males.

One was wearing a black tank top, black shorts and black shoes.

The second was wearing a white tank top, had a black backpack and distinctive bright blue tennis shoes.

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The third suspect was wearing a bright yellow or lime green T-shirt with black writing on the left chest and on the back of the shirt. He also was wearing gray shorts with a red stripe and black flip-flops with white on the strap.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects or who knows about the crime is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP (7867).

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No arrests in fatal shooting at Sugarcreek Twp. apartment complex

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:21 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:51 PM

Crews respond to shooting in Sugarcreek Twp.

UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m.:  A number of people have been questioned, and BCI agents will be conducting additional interviews, but no arrests have been made at this time, Jill Del Greco, public information officer - communications for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, said in a statement.

Evidence collected at the scene has been submitted to the BCI crime lab, she said.

UPDATE @ 3:22 p.m.:

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The Greene County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of the fatal shooting at Cedar Trail Apartments as a Dayton man.

Byron Moses, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene.

UPDATE @ 4 a.m (July 18): 

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Sugarcreek Twp. police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at the Cedar Trail Apartments early Wednesday morning.

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Officials responded to the 1800 block of Surrey Trail just after midnight and found a male deceased from apparent gunshot wounds in the hallway of the apartment building, according to Sugarcreek Twp. Police Chief Michael Brown. 

As police were arriving on scene, they noticed a black Cadillac leaving the area at high speed. Believing it could possibly be connected to the shooting, authorities pursued the vehicle down Wilmington Pike to I-675.

The pursuit was called off in Dayton. The vehicle was last scene on northbound I-75 from U.S. 35, police said.

A short time later, a man approached officials at the shooting scene and said he had been inside an apartment unit with a woman when the victim began knocking on the door. That man was taken in for questioning as a person of interest.

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Brown said Ohio BCI was called to process the scene because its investigators are well trained technicians. 

The identity of the victim was not immediately available. The Greene County Coroner’s Office removed the body.

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Homeless ex-con accused of killing 3 people – including 7-year-old – in 2 attacks

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 2:40 PM

Homeless Alabama Man Charged With Three Murders

A homeless Alabama man who spent the majority of his adult life in prison has been charged with killing three people, including a 7-year-old boy, in two separate attacks at homes across the street from one another. 

Jimmy O’Neal Spencer, 52, is charged with four counts of capital murder in Guntersville, a small lakeside city about 40 miles southeast of Huntsville. Guntersville Police Chief Jim Peterson announced the arrest Tuesday in a news conference streamed live on Facebook.

Peterson said he is confident that his detectives found the man responsible for the slayings. 

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“We’ve got the right guy. I’ll tell you that professionally and personally,” Peterson said. “Through the grace of God, we’ve got the right guy.”  

Spencer is charged with killing Marie Kitchens Martin, 74, and her great-grandson, Colton Ryan Lee, at Martin’s home at 2404 Mulberry St. The boy was visiting Martin from Huntsville. 

He is also accused of killing Martha Dell Reliford, 65, who was found dead in her home at 2321 Mulberry St. that same day. The houses are across the street from one another. 

Spencer faces two counts of capital murder during a first-degree robbery, capital murder of a victim under the age of 14 and capital murder of two or more people, jail records show. He is being held without bail in the Marshall County Jail.  

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A fourth death discovered as police canvassed the area on Friday is not believed to be related to the homicides, Peterson said. The body of James Michael Baker, 68, was found in a ditch a couple of blocks from the Martin-Lee and Reliford crime scenes. 

Baker, who had been reported missing from nearby Albertville Friday morning, is believed to have died of natural causes, Peterson said. Investigators are awaiting confirmation from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. 

Colton’s obituary describes him as having loved to help plant a vegetable garden, as well as sweeping, monster trucks, John Deere and tractor pulls.

“He especially loved his puppies, Harley and Max,” the obituary read

Colton is survived by his mother, Tiffany Lee, and a brother; he was preceded in death by his father, Chris Lee. A GoFundMe page set up by the Albertville High School Class of 2004 for Lee, a member of that year’s class, said that Chris Lee died in September 2010, just two months before Colton was born. 

Colton and his great-grandmother are scheduled to be buried Thursday following a joint funeral. Reliford’s funeral information was not available online. 

Reliford is the third sibling in her family to become the victim of a homicide. The Arab Tribune in 2012 reported that Reliford, who was blind in one eye and fighting cancer, attended a parole hearing for Victor Wray, the man who shot and killed her brother, Pat Reliford Jr., during a fight in 1995.  

“He’s scum of the Earth, a lower-than-dirt coward,” Martha Reliford said of her brother’s killer in 2012. 

Reliford had been sick since at least 2006, the Tribune reportedAccording to the Advertiser-Gleam in Guntersville, she was still fighting the disease when she was killed. 

Reliford spoke her mind again at Wray’s most recent parole hearing, which took place last summer. 

“I’m eat up with cancer, but I will be at that hearing if I have to crawl,” she said at the time

Reliford’s sister, Ruby Harbin, was shot to death in 2007 at the American Legion in Huntsville. The gunman, William Koller, killed Harbin after she refused to dance with him, AL.com reported

Koller had become obsessed with Harbin, who he had known for some time, the news site reported. He was sentenced to life in prison in her killing. 

‘Not indicative of our city’

Peterson did not detail what led investigators to suspect Spencer in the homicides, but he called his investigators’ work on the case the “most impressive police work (he has) ever personally witnessed.” He said the time from the moment they developed a suspect to the moment Spencer was taken into custody was 42 hours and 16 minutes. 

“Work has been nonstop since Friday, this past Friday at 4:36 p.m., when we received the first call that there was a problem,” Peterson said

Detectives were at Martin’s home, investigating that crime scene, Friday afternoon when a neighbor approached and told them that Reliford had not been seen or heard from in about 10 days. Officers who went across the street to check on her welfare found her body. 

John Young, chief investigator for the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office, said at Tuesday’s news conference that the attack on Martin and Lee and the attack on Reliford did not happen at the same time. 

Spencer is originally from Franklin County in west Alabama, Young said. 

“He’s spent a number of years in the state prison system,” Young said. “He’s not been out of prison that long. How he got here, we’re not totally sure. (He’s) been here for a short period of time, sleeping on park benches, occasionally in hotel rooms around.”

Spencer spent more than 20 years in prison on burglary charges, Peterson said. He has been in the Guntersville area since about January. 

Young said there was no known relationship between Spencer and the victims, but the Advertiser-Gleam reported that Spencer had stayed with Raliford on and off in her home. 

“He wasn’t living there, but he stayed there some and was an acquaintance,” Marshall County District Attorney Everett Johnson told the newspaper. “As for Mrs. Martin and Spencer, the details are unclear.”

Young and Peterson declined Tuesday to discuss the motive for the slayings, but Johnson confirmed for the Advertiser-Gleam what the charges against Spencer indicated -- that the two women were robbed. 

The object of those robberies was cash, Johnson told the newspaper. 

Peterson also declined to say how the victims were killed, but family members of Martin and her great-grandson told the Advertiser-Gleam that both suffered blunt force trauma and that Martin was also strangled.

Reliford’s cause of death remains private, pending official word from state forensic pathologists. Detectives initially thought that her death could be due to natural causes due to her health problems, but her autopsy showed that she had been slain, Peterson said. 

The slayings shocked the community of Guntersville, where even investigators struggled to remember exactly when they had seen the city’s last homicide. 

“This is not indicative of our city in any manner,” Peterson said.  

Peterson said he hopes that the arrest can give the community, particularly the families of the victims, relief. 

“I pray that, although we cannot give the families their loved ones back, we can at least deliver some degree of justice,” the chief said. 

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Homicide victim found shot to death in Dayton home ID’d

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:35 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:35 PM

A homicide investigation is underway on East Fifth Street this afternoon, according to a Dayton police report.

UPDATE @ 4:35 p.m. (July 18):

A 67-year-old Dayton man was found fatally shot inside his home Tuesday afternoon in the 2600 block of East Fifth Street, Dayton police Lt. Jason Hall said.

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A friend found the victim, identified as Charles Hayes, dead in the home, and called 911 around 3:15 p.m.

“Detectives are actively working trying to locate witnesses, trying to determine a motive ...,” Hall said. 

UPDATE @ 11:40 p.m. (July 18):

The victim has been identified as Charles Hayes, 67, of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s office. 

FIRST REPORT (July 17):

A homicide investigation is underway this afternoon on East Fifth Street in Dayton.

Police were on the scene of the investigation in the 2600 block of East Fifth around 4:30 p.m., records showed.

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A 911 caller told police she showed up at her friend’s house this afternoon and her belongings were on the back porch and the victim was dead inside the house.

The call was placed around 3:15 p.m.

The circumstances of the death were not immediately known.

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