Galion man sentenced to prison

By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News

SIDNEY – A 55-year-old Galion, Ohio, man was sentenced to prison on sex-related charges against a minor. Another was handed incarceration orders for 11 months during cases adjudicated recently in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Paul D. Schuller, 55, Galion, was sentenced to two years with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) on two charges of gross sexual imposition (GSI). He received 24 months on one count of GSI, a third-degree felony, and 18 months on a second charge of GSI, a fourth-degree felony.

The sentences will be served concurrently, or simultaneously. Schuller was determined to be a Tier II sex offender and must register with authorities every six months for 25 years after he is released.

In March, Schuller was indicted by the Shelby County grand jury on a single count of rape, a first-degree felony, and 12 counts of gross sexual imposition, all third-degree felonies. Through plea negotiations with prosecutors, Schuller pleaded guilty to the two charges.

Schuller was accused of having sexual contact with a person in Shelby County under the age of 13 between July 20, 2010, through Sept. 16, 2012, then again Sept. 27, 2012 through Sept. 17, 2013.

• Gregory Texeira, 32, 212 Washington St., was sentenced to 11 months in prison on a charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, for concealing a package of cocaine and fentanyl in his anal cavity while seated in the Ohio State Highway Patrol car.

He was also fined $300 and assessed court costs.

• Jeffrey Schwartz, 28, 7984 State Route 66, Fort Loramie, was sentenced to 10 months with the ODRC for attempted failure to provide a change of address, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested on Sept. 15 when he failed to provide his current address as directed through his status as a registered sex offender.

• Jonathon D. Galoner, 24, Spring City, Tennessee, was sentenced to 30 days in the Shelby County Jail on charges of improperly handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and possession of drugs, both first-degree misdemeanors. He received 30 days in jail on each count, however they will be served concurrently.

He was also fined $500 and assessed court costs. The handgun found in his possession during the Feb. 18 arrest along Interstate 75 will be destroyed.

Three defendants decided not to appear for their sentencing court dates. For one, it wasn’t his first time.

• Steven M. Baker, 35, 9217 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua, had his $2,500 bond revoked by Judge James Stevenson when he failed to appear for his sentencing for the second time. A warrant for his arrest was issued.

Baker failed to appear on Feb. 26 when he was to be sentenced with a co-defendant on charges regarding theft and forgery at a local trucking company.

• Daniell N. Pottenger, 25, 8 Julie Court Apt. D, Covington, was given five years community control to charges of theft and forgery, both fifth-degree felonies through plea negotiations. She was also ordered to pay her portion of the total restitution in the amount $5,071 to Schoenlein Trucking and Salvage, 4625 Hardin-Wapak Road.

When Baker failed to appear in court that day, Stevenson ordered the bonding company to bring him to court.

• Darrell J. Thomas, 26, Toledo, failed to appear in court for his sentencing on a charge of attempted grand theft, a fifth-degree felony. The plea agreement was contingent that he agreed to pay $10,015 in restitution and the prosecution would recommend community control sanctions.

He was found to have taken jewelry from the Jewelry Barn in Russia on Sept. 13. He faces a maximum sentence of six to 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.

His $5,000 bond was revoked and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

• James Clarence Richardson III, 29, at large, failed to appear for his sentencing on one count of trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony. The bonding company has until June 28 to produce him in court, according to Stevenson.

He faces up to a year in prison and a fine of $2,500.

By Jim Painter

For the Sidney Daily News

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.