MIAMI COUNTY — In a full court room Thursday afternoon, Judge Jeannine Pratt found a Piqua man guilty of sexual battery after molesting an underage victim.
Anthony C. Dowell, 38, of Piqua, was found guilty of two counts of third-degree felony sexual battery in Miami County Common Pleas Court. The court proceeded to sentence him Thursday afternoon to four years in prison for each count to be served consecutively for a total of eight years in prison. Once released from prison, Dowell will be subject to five years of mandatory post release control and will have to register as a tier III sex offender.
Dowell was originally indicted in June 2016. Separate incidents of the unlawful conduct took place at a private residence on South Main Street in Piqua between May 1-Aug 31, 2015 and between Jan. 1, 2016-Jan. 31, 2016. Dowell knew the victim, and it was this relationship Pratt later said facilitated the incidents.
On Nov. 14, Dowell entered a plea to amended charges of two counts of third-degree felony child endangering and third-degree misdemeanor gross imposition as a plea agreement with the state.
On Dec. 20, Dowell sought to withdraw his guilty plea in a letter Dowell wrote to Pratt. Dowell stated in the letter he felt manipulated into pleading guilty to amended charges in order to protect his wife from implicating herself if he was to continue with a jury trial on the charges. Dowell’s wife was home during at least one of the incidents.
Pratt allowed Dowell to withdraw his guilty plea. In late February, Dowell waived his right to a trial by jury and consented to a bench trial with Pratt.
On Thursday, Pratt stated that she found the victim’s testimony to be “credible and reliable and more than sufficient” along with another witness’s testimony in the case.
Dowell’s attorney Patrick Mulligan asked Pratt to sentence Dowell to time served for the two counts of sexual battery as Dowell has spent 272 days in jail.
“These are highly unusual facts,” Mulligan said about the case. He said that sentencing Dowell to time served was adequate for Dowell to learn his lesson.
“I’m not sure I’ve encountered a case where the facts are more appalling,” Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Paul Watkins said. Watkins referenced statements Dowell made to police where he did not deny his actions as he did not believe that they were wrong.
“He’s a severe danger to the community. He has no remorse,” Watkins said. “He believes what he did is OK.”
The court leaned toward the maximum sentence with Pratt saying that the harm in those cases was “so great” that consecutive sentences were necessary to protect the public.
In other news:
• A hearing to determine if Jenna M. Jaynes, 22, of Troy, is eligible for intervention in leu of conviction was originally going to be held Thursday morning but was continued for March 23 at 9 a.m in Miami County Common Pleas Court. Jaynes was indicted in December on fourth-degree felony grand theft for allegedly stealing $18,000 from Dairy Queen in Tipp City, according to police reports. She is accused of stealing the money from the business between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31. The missing money was reported to the Tipp City Police Department on Oct. 31.
Jaynes is reportedly seeking treatment from Miami Valley Hospital Turning Point.
• Stephan M. Perkins, 29, of Troy, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty to fourth-degree felony attempted failure to notify a change of address in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Thursday. This was part of a plea agreement which amended the charge down from third-degree felony failure to provide written notice of residence change.
• Mary J. Dulen, 29, of St. Paris, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony possession of cocaine. This was part of a plea agreement, which dismissed three other charges, including a charge of third-degree misdemeanor soliciting.
The following people were arraigned in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Thursday:
• David Boyea, 33, of Troy, was arraigned on a superceding indictment on two counts of attempted murder and felony aggravated burglary. Boyea reportedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in a hotel room at the America’s Best Inn and Suites on Feb. 8. The victims Crystal Brooks, 33, and Steve Burns, 30, received multiple wounds during the incident. The trio worked together at the Troy Burger King. Brooks was residing at the motel at the time of the incident.
Boyea’s bond of $500,000 was continued.
• Cody T. Allwood, 22, of Vandalia, was arraigned on one count of first-degree felony aggravated robbery. His bond was set at $100,000.
• Amanda E. Kreitzer, 36, of Troy, was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs. Her bond of $5,000 was continued.
• Roger E. Whetstone, 30, of Troy, was arraigned on one count of third-degree felony failure to provide a written notice of residence change. His bond was set at $10,000.
• Adam R. May, 27, of Troy, was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs.
• Matthew S. Mallios, 18, of West Milton, was arraigned on three counts of fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property.
• Christopher D. Ridenour, 32, of Piqua, was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs.
• David W. Arnett, III, 23, of Piqua, was arraigned on one count of fourth-degree felony possession of LSD.
• James B. Vest, 46, of Piqua, was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs.
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