Grand jury indicts man on rape charge

MARIETTA – A Marietta man accused of raping a friend at her home was indicted this week by a Washington County grand jury.

Shawn R. Karcher, 47, of 272 Ridgewood Drive Apt. G, was indicted on a first-degree felony count of rape for an incident that occurred in Warren Township on April 26.

“The victim … knew the defendant. The defendant was at the (victim’s) house along with a couple of other adults and the victim’s 12-year-old daughter,” said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

The defendant was told to sleep on the couch, but instead he allegedly followed the victim into her bedroom and engaged in intercourse with her despite her repeated pleas to stop, officials said.

Karcher appeared in Washington County Common Pleas Court Friday afternoon for a bond hearing, during which his bond was reduced from $100,000 to $25,000.

Other indictments are:

* Jacqueline D. McGraw, 26, of 425 County House Lane, Marietta, was indicted on a third-degree felony charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. McGraw allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a teenage boy between September and April. The boy was 14 years old when the illegal contact began, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings.

“The mother saw text messages on his phone between her son and the defendant that were of a romantic nature,” said Rings.

The fact that McGraw is more than 10 years older than the victim elevates the severity of the crime.

* Susan I. Weaver, 35, of 718 Clayton Ave., Belpre, was indicted on two second-degree felony counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, two fourth-degree counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and a fifth-degree felony count of possessing criminal tools.

Weaver was part of an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Alison Cauthorn.

“They were able to get into a file sharing system and download child pornography videos off of Mrs. Weaver’s computer,” she said.

The content does not appear to involve any local children, she added.

* Matthew R. Fitch, 41, of 124 Tennis Center Drive Apt. 3A, Marietta, was indicted on two fourth-degree felony counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor. An acquaintance reportedly observed the content on Fitch’s computer and reported it to authorities.

* Five people accused of drug trafficking incidents in Washington County were indicted on charges, many of which occurred in hotels.

Accused of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony, are Tytus Shields, 25, of 906 Fifth St., Marietta; Jamal Fuller, 21, of 406 S. Harris Ave., Columbus; and Natasha Treadway, 25, of 210 Highview Landing, Columbus.

” They are accused of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity from January through May in Washington County. The corrupt activity is engaging in the sale of heroin and cocaine,” said Schneider.

Shields was also indicted on a third-degree count of tampering with drugs, a third-degree count of trafficking heroin, a fourth-degree count of trafficking heroin, a fourth-degree felony count of trafficking cocaine, a fourth-degree felony count of possession of cocaine, two fifth-degree felony counts of trafficking heroin, two fifth-degree felony counts of possessing heroin, a fifth-degree felony count of trafficking cocaine, a fifth-degree felony count of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree count of identity fraud and two fifth-degree felony counts of forgery.

Fuller was additionally indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of trafficking cocaine, a fourth-degree felony count of possession of cocaine, two fifth-degree felony counts of trafficking heroin, a fifth-degree felony count of trafficking cocaine, two fifth-degree felony counts of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony count of cocaine possession and a fifth-degree felony count of identity fraud.

The identity fraud charges involve a traffic stop where Shields and Fuller gave false identities. Shields, who was driving, also signed documents with a fake name, officials said.

Treadway was indicted on one other count, a fourth-degree felony charge of heroin trafficking.

During a Jan. 15 search warrant at an area hotel two other individuals with the group were found to be in possession of drugs, officials said.

Roseanna D. Harbison, 18, of 88 12th St. Apt. 2, Parkersburg, was indicted on one fourth-degree and one fifth-degree felony count of drug possession.

Travon J. Hammons, 29, of 645 Krumm Ave., Columbus, was indicted on a third-degree felony charge of tampering with drugs and a fourth-degree felony count of possession of cocaine.

* Jennifer Johnson, 35, of 2355 Sheet Runs Drive, New Matamoras, was indicted on two third-degree felony counts of drug trafficking. Twice in 2013, Johnson allegedly sold 16 Percocet pills to an undercover informant involved in a federal investigation. The sales happened in the New Matamoras area.

* Also indicted on drug charges were three individuals caught with cocaine, including a mother and daughter from Marietta.

Brittany M. Martin, 28, of 100 Linwood Ave. Lot A, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of drug trafficking, two fifth-degree felony counts of drug possession and a fifth-degree felony count of permitting drug abuse.

Her mother, Rhonda S. Martin, 51, of the same address, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of permitting drug abuse and a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs.

The women were allegedly allowing drug usage and sales to occur in their home, said Schneider.

As part of the investigation Dawayne R. Fowler, 33, of 1090 Hilton Drive, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, was indicted on two fifth-degree felony counts of drug possession and a fifth-degree felony count of drug trafficking.

* Michael S. Ayers, 30, of Parkersburg, was indicted on two second-degree felony counts of burglary. Ayers allegedly broke into his mother’s home in Little Hocking on Nov. 12 and Dec. 20 and stole coins, prescription medication, a laptop and a camera, said Rings.

* Mark Hinton, 34, last known address 109 Elm St., Belpre, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of theft of a motor vehicle. Hinton allegedly stole his former girlfriend’s vehicle and took it to a scrap yard.

* Joseph H. Bui, 36, of 700 Fourth St. Apt. C, New Matamoras, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property and a fifth-degree felony count of misuse of credit cards. Bui was employed as a handyman by an elderly West Virginia man. He allegedly took possession of the man’s credit card and made several purchases in Washington County.

* Samantha J. Thompson, 27, of 17 W. Shields St., Newark, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of theft. Thompson paid for two generator rentals from United Rentals on March 6. However, she allegedly never returned the property.

* Mark McIntyre, 32, of 3740 Ohio 26, Marietta, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property. McIntyre was staying with a current girlfriend’s stepmother in July, and shortly after the woman noticed missing jewelry. McIntyre allegedly pawned several items of the missing jewelry locally.

* Taylor King, 24, of 2511 Brocton Court, Columbus, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of breach of recognizance. King allegedly skipped her May 23 sentencing on a cocaine possession charge.

* Jesse J. Bell, 33, of Coolville, was indicted on a first-degree misdemeanor count of theft. A previous indictment on a fifth-degree felony count of breaking and entering was dropped due to incorrect wording. The new grand jury determined that only a theft charge was warranted for the October incident where Bell allegedly stole lawn mowers and auto parts.