Sexual assault among Washington County grand jury indictments

Photo by Michael Kelly Donald Barth talks with attorney Shawna Landaker and Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Graham in the Washington County Courthouse Friday afternoon at his arraignment.

MARIETTA — A Washington County judge set bond at $1 million Friday for a Marietta man indicted on charges that he raped two teenage boys in separate incidents while posing as a law enforcement authority or security guard.

Donald Barth, 56, of 111 W. Montgomery St., Lot 11, was indicted Friday on allegations that he had impersonated a peace officer and lured an underaged boy into a secluded area, where he forced the boy to commit sexual acts. The crime occurred in May on Schulteis Lane, off Ohio 26 and west of I-77, according to the indictment.

Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Graham said Marietta police in the course of investigating that charge discovered another similar event from the summer of 2017, in which a victim alleged that Barth did much the same thing in Marietta’s Jackson Park.

“Investigation of the 2018 case disclosed this earlier case, and there could be other cases. It’s still under investigation,” she said.

Barth, according to allegations, told both boys to come with him on a search of a secluded area, having persuaded them that he was a law enforcement official or security guard.

“He even pretended to get a phone call from an officer, then told the boys he had been ordered to search them,” Graham said. “He had badges and handcuffs.”

Barth was indicted on six counts: Rape, a first-degree felony; two counts of kidnapping, both first-degree felonies; two counts of impersonating a peace officer, both third-degree felonies; and possession of criminal tools — the handcuffs — a fifth-degree felony.

At Barth’s arraignment Friday, Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi read the charges against him and asked whether he had any questions. Barth was accompanied by attorney Shawna Landaker, who had been assigned by the public defender’s office but told the court she could not represent Barth because of a conflict of interest. She sat by him to answer questions.

Graham requested $750,000 bond. Kerenyi, noting that Barth had prior convictions, including impersonation of a peace officer, and three of the crimes of which he was accused were first-degree felonies, set bail at $1 million. He asked Barth whether he wished to make a statement.

“I don’t completely understand this,” Barth said. “I’d really like to be home with (a friend) and help around the house, be with my brother.”

Kerenyi continued the arraignment to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, noting that attorney Rolf Baumgartel would be available at that time to represent Barth.

The Washington County grand jury handed down 39 indictments during a four-day session this month, concluding on Friday. The other indictments were:

* Donald B. Sirrell, 58, of Kenosha, Wis., was indicted for aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and robbery, a second-degree felony. Sirrell is accused of showing a BB gun while robbing the McDonald’s restaurant on Glendale Road on Aug. 17. He was later arrested in the Hackett Hotel by Marietta police.

* Daniel A. Rohr, 24, of 4005 School House Road, Little Hocking, was indicted on two counts of drug possession, fifth-degree felonies. Rohr was alleged to have be in possession of hydrocodone and LSD found in a traffic stop by Washington County Sheriff’s deputies in December 2017.

* James M. Bunner, 36, of 16640 Thompson Ridge Road, Athens, was indicted on possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Brunner is alleged to have been in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop by Belpre City Police in 2017.

* Raymond E. Spears, 45, of 907 Neal St., Parkersburg, was indicted for drug possession, a fifth-degree felony. Spears is accused of having a small amount of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Belpre in November 2017.

* Samantha R. Haught, 36, of 18707 Young Road, Guysville, was indicted on two counts possession of drugs, fifth-degree felonies. Haught was stopped by Marietta police on Oct. 18, 2017, and accused of having methamphetamine and methadone in her possession.

* Fawn R. Miller, 40, of 20930 State Route 7, Marietta, was indicted for theft, a fifth-degree felony. Miller is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from the Dollar General store in Reno from May to October of 2016 while she was employed there.

* Eric Edgar, 33, of 445 Gross Ford Road, Whipple, was indicted for grand theft, a third-degree felony. Edgar is accused of stealing a handgun from a vehicle in October 2017.

* Paul C. Wright, 30, of 135 Groves Ave., Marietta, was indicted for drug possession, a fifth-degree felony. Marietta police accused Wright of being in possession of methamphetamine during a July 2017 traffic stop.

* Tricia A. Blair, 33, of 708 Front St., was indicted for obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor.

* Nathan A. Sprague, 29, 288 Ridgewood Court, Apt. A, Marietta, was indicted for possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor. Sprague was found in possession of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in October 2017, according to Marietta police.

* Brandy Strohl, 34, of 2718 E. Hooppole Ridge Road, McConnelsville, was indicted for theft of drugs and illegal processing of drug documents, both fourth-degree felonies. Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings said the case came to light when Strohl, a nursing home employee, came under investigation in Guernsey County, suspected of diverting drugs from the nursing home residents. The Washington County charges, which allege that she stole prescription medications from nursing home residents in the late summer of 2013 and falsified records to cover her thefts, came as a result of that case.

* Anthony E. Fields, 34, of 232 Irvin St., Charleston, W.Va., was indicted for possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and attempting to bring drugs into a jail, a third-degree felony. Rings said Fields is accused of trying to smuggle carfentanyl into the Washington County Jail in his shoes.

* Rachel K. Sweet, 25, of 2336 Howard Lane, Akron, was indicted for attempted theft of a motor vehicle, a fifth-degree felony. Washington County Assistant Prosecutor David Silwani said Marietta police responded to a call from residents on Muskingum Drive who said someone was trying to steal their car. Officers found Sweet in the car, trying to start it, and they noticed visible damage to the steering column, he said.

* Kyle S. Flanagan, 33, of 318 Fairview Lane, Marietta, was indicted for misuse of a credit card and theft, both fifth-degree felonies.

* Benjamin L. Warren, 35, of 3118 Barnett Ridge Road, Fleming, was indicted for burglary, a third-degree felony, and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. Warren is accused of going into a trailer in September 2017 and stealing a carpet shampooing machine.

* Jessica L. Carpenter, 42, of 164 Cherokee Way, Elizabeth, and Angela S. Nutter, 40, of 4357 Lauren Creek Road, Waverly, were both charged with theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, grand theft, a third-degree felony, and breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony.

Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Derkin said the two were walking along Ohio 555 “and decided they just didn’t want to walk any more.” They are accused of breaking into a garage and stealing a Ford Explorer, which because the family had been hunting that day, contained three shotguns, Derkin said.

* Tessa L. Steakley, 20, of 1851 Seventh St., Parkersburg, was indicted for aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. Belpre police found packages of meth and a set of scales in Steakley’s car during a traffic stop on June 13, 017, Silwani said.

* Tracy D. Hooks, 50, of 26162 Orchid Drive, Highland, Calif., was indicted for attempted aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony. Hooks, according to Silwani, sent himself a package by U.S. Mail addressed to a Marietta hotel. The hotel staff opened it and notified the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, who determined the package contained 24 grams of methamphetamine. Hooks was arrested May 18.

* Freddy D. Taylor, 47, of 729 Ninth St., Marietta, was indicted for aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony; possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, and possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony. Taylor is accused of being in possession of methamphetamine and heroin during a traffic stop by Marietta police on Greene Street on Feb. 5 and in possession of cocaine in a traffic stop on Acme Street on Jan. 3.

* Jessica L. Mantz, 40, of 319 Seventh St., Marietta, was indicted for drug possession, a fifth-degree felony.

* Terry A. Chandler, 32, of 9075 State Route 377, Chesterhill, was indicted for aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. On March 22 in Marietta, Derkin said, Chandler allegedly got into an argument with his girlfriend about whether he could use her car, threatened her with a gun and threatened to kill neighbors with a gun, then took the car.

* Donald R. Gregor, Jr., 45, of 27335 State Route 7, Lot 13, Reno, was indicted for aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony, tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs. Gregor was pulled over, Derkin said, by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on Ohio 7 on Feb. 11, 2017, and found to have methamphetamine, packaged and ready to sell, in his vehicle. While handcuffed in the back of the cruiser, Gregor flicked pills out of his pocket on the floor of the car and tried to smash them with his foot, Derkin said, which gave rise to the tampering charge.

* Stratton W. Johnson, 27, of 205 E. Fay Ave., Marietta, was indicted for obstructing justice, a fifth-degree felony, aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs and tampering with evidence, all third-degree felonies. Police searching Johnson’s home found a fugitive, Megan Roach, hiding under a mattress on the ground, Derkin said. The woman was wanted on warrants for receiving stolen firearms and trafficking in drugs. Johnson was also accused of meth possession in a Marietta traffic stop on Oct. 17, 2016.

* Lindsay N. Waggoner, 34, of 203 Sixth St., P.O. Box 19, Beverly, was indicted for identity fraud, a fourth-degree felony. Waggoner is accused of using her boyfriend’s personal information to open a credit card account, which she used from 2015 to 2017, running up a balance of nearly $3,000.

* William L. Schofield, 57, 1717 15th St., Parkersburg, was indicted for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a third-degree felony; aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor; driving under suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor; refusal to take an OVI test (within 20 years of previous conviction for same), a first-degree misdemeanor; obstructing official business, a second-degree felony. Schofield was stopped by Belpre City Police driving over the Memorial Bridge and found to be in possession of drugs and suspected of being impaired, Derkin said. The obstructing charge was added because Schofield gave the arresting officer a false name, Derkin said. The identity of the person Schofield pretended to be happened to be someone the officer had attended high school with, Derkin said.

* Jeffrey L. Ingram, 38, of No. 5 Third Ave., Belpre, was indicted for domestic violence, a fourth degree felony. Ingram is accused of assaulting his wife on July 22, and has a previous conviction of domestic violence with his wife.

* Morgan M. Flinn, 24, of 407 Florence St., Apt. 1, Belpre, was indicted for drug possession, a fifth-degree felony.

* Matthew R. Foraker, 34, of 1003 Campus Drive, Belpre, was indicted for aggravated drug possession, a fifth-degree felony, theft from an elderly person and forgery, both fourth-degree felonies. Foraker is accused of forging a check from a company in Washington state and persuading a 65-year old man from Dunham Township to cash it for $1,8445.22.

* Robert E. Flinn, 32, of 1613 15th Ave., Parkersburg, was indicted for receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor. Flinn is accused of stealing a car in Parkersburg and driving it into Belpre on Dec. 13, 2017, and then running away on foot when stopped by Belpre police officers.

* Larry D. Haught, Jr., 38, of 565 Dodd Run Road, Marietta, was indicted for domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, and criminal endangering, a second-degree misdemeanor. Graham said Haught is accused of hitting his wife with an ashtray and threatening to kill the children; it is his second allegation of domestic violence, she said.

* Thomas W. Dearth, 26, of 129 Franklin St., Marietta, was indicted for theft, a fifth-degree felony. Dearth is accused of fraudulently collecting rent at properties in Beverly owned by his stepfather and keeping the money, about $2,300.

* Brandon L. Marshall, 30, of 636 Ninth St., Marietta, was indicted for failure to comply with a signal from a police officer, a third-degree felony and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a first-degree misdemeanor. On June 5, Marietta police attempted to pull Marshall over for a cellphone use violation, and Marshall fled up Seventh Street and crashed into another vehicle at Warren Street, Graham said. It was unclear why Marshall refused to stop, she said. “He didn’t have any warrants, just a driving suspension,” she said.

* Robert M. Parrish, 42, of 310 Jones Run Road, Rinard Mills, was indicted for failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony. Parrish didn’t show up for a final pre-trial on a domestic violence charge, Graham said.

* William C. Brice, 27, of 152 W. Main St., Worthington, Pa., was indicted for felonious assault and child endangering, both second-degree felonies. Brice is accused of “causing serious physical harm” to a baby in Belpre on Aug. 13, according to the indictment.

Indictments are formal written allegations of crime determined by a grand jury and are not determinations of guilt.

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