Grand jury hands down indictments

By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News




SIDNEY – A 51-year-old Houston man accused of having improper sexual contact with a minor female, has been indicted by the Shelby County grand jury.

Also, a Sidney woman has been charged for selling drugs to a person who died of a drug overdose. Another man has been indicated for threatening a man with a shotgun.

They will all be arraigned at 10 a.m. Thursday in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, Michael R. Ledford, 2872 Jerome Drive, was charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third-degree felony. Online court records indicate the victim was between the ages of 13 and 16 years old, at the time.

He allegedly touched the victim several times while she and her brother were visiting his home on Sept. 22.

According to report from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the victim told a school friend who in turn notified school officials. Deputies questioned the victim with a school counselor when details were revealed.

An adult guardian reportedly told deputies the children were permitted to stay with Ledford, who was a trusted family friend. Ledford allegedly threatened the victim in ordering her to his room after her brother had fallen asleep.

The day after the investigation began, Ledford allegedly called the sheriff’s office because he “wanted to get something off his chest.” After arriving, he requested an attorney before he would talk with deputies. Chief Deputy Jim Frye told Ledford to have his attorney present before talking with deputies, which he declined.

Frye contacted the Shelby County Public Defender’s office requesting an attorney come to the jail. Once attorney Laura Waymire arrived and spoke with Ledford, he left the office without commenting on the alleged incident.

Limited information was available from Sidney Police regarding two cases with indictments handed down last week.

April M. Radcliff, 37, Sidney, was indicted for involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony. She is accused of selling and providing Fentanyl to a male victim who died the same day on Aug. 12 from an overdose.

She remains incarcerated at the Shelby County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

The name of the victim and incident details were not available.

Robert R. Johnson, 40, at large, is jailed on a $20,000 bond on charges of abduction, and, having weapons while under disability, both third-degree felonies. Court records show Johnson has several drug-related convictions in Shelby County barring him from possessing a gun.

He is accused of preventing a male victim from leaving while brandishing a sawed-off shotgun during an incident during an incident on Oct. 26.



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.