SIDNEY – A 33-year-old Sidney man currently incarcerated in state prison has been charged locally with five counts of rape allegedly committed against minor females as young as five years old. Also, a Houston area man has been accused of illegal sexual activity.
They were two of 15 people indicted by the Shelby County grand jury Thursday, May 16. Their arraignments are scheduled for Thursday, May 23, in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.
William Warfield, 33, incarcerated, is facing five first-degree felony counts in being charged with rape. According to online records Warfield is believed to have committed the offenses against minor girls aged five years, seven years, and two involving girls under the age of 13. One charge does not list an age but as a “female child victim.”
The offenses supposedly occurred between June 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2018.
Warfield is currently housed at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s North Central Correctional Institution in Marion. On Nov. 29, he was sentenced to one year in prison on a charge of attempted illegal use of firearms in a motor vehicle, a fifth-degree felony.
In 2015, Warfield pleaded guilty in the firearms case, but twice failed to appear for his sentencing and committed several probation violations.
In a related case, in early April, Geneva Ashcraft, 34, 614 Third Ave., was sentenced to 10 days in jail on a charge of attempted obstruction of justice, a first-degree misdemeanor. She was ordered to serve five years on community control.
She was found guilty of attempting to conceal the whereabouts of Warfield, a wanted felon, while he was at her residence on Nov. 16.
The Houston man that a local judge considered to be a “serious risk to others” has been indicted in the investigation that led to his arrest on March 28. A registered sex offender, he was ordered to stay away from the victim in a separate case.
Brandon A. Travis, 24, 4080 Russia-Versailles Road, Houston, remains housed at the Shelby County Jail on a $27,500 bond.
On Thursday, the grand jury handed down charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a second-degree felony, and illegal use of minor-oriented material or performance, a fifth-degree felony.
Online court records show Travis is accused of having sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl from Dec. 3, 2012, through April 8, 2013. On March 28, authorities believe Travis was responsible for photos of a minor girl showing nudity on his cell phone.
As a Tier II sex offender, Travis must register his address with local authorities for every 180 days for 25 years. Travis has two sex offender convictions in Miami County that resulted in prison time.
Sex offenders charged
Three men who are registered sex offenders were indicted for not providing their address to local authorities as instructed. Officially, each person is charged with failure to provide change of address, all third-degree felonies.
Listed as “at large” by officials, they are Nathaniel Craft, 23, Joe Davis II, 31, and Christifer Davis, 35. Craft was previously convicted of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony, in 2014. Joe Davis was ruled to be a delinquent child due to a rape conviction in Montgomery County. Christifer Davis was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse in Hardin County, Kentucky, in 2011, plus a failure to register conviction in Auglaize County in 2016.
Other indictments include:
• Clint Edward Reichart, 42, 4050 State Route 47, Fort Loramie, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested April 7 allegedly with heroin.
• Tricia L. Lamb, 36, at large, illegal conveyance of prohibited item onto grounds of detention facility, a third-degree felony. She is accused of trying to take Fentanyl, cocaine and Methamphetamine into the county jail.
• Matthew Stansell, 33, at large, aggravated possession of drugs and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. He was arrested April 29 supposedly is possession of Fentanyl.
• Ryan K. O’Leary, 32, 711 Lynn St., two counts of trafficking drugs, both third-degree felonies. He was arrested April 3 allegedly in possession of 50 baggies of marijuana and Hashish liquid vape cartridges in the vicinity of a school.
• Jarreth V. Hall, 19, 121 Queen St., aggravated possession of drugs and having a weapon while under disability, both third-degree felonies. He was arrested May 1 during a drug raid at his home. He was discovered with a .380 handgun having been convicted of burglary in Shelby County previously.
• Matthew Welty, 33, Troy, aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony, possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, and six counts of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felonies. He was arrested May 11 with Methamphetamine. He was also found with blank checks from several companies.
• Matthew Reed, 22, 1201 Hilltop Ave. Apt. F, aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony, and possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested on May 2 in possession of Methamphetamine.
• Kenneth Warner, 58, Troy, aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested on May 11 with Methamphetamine.
• Autumn Liles, 19, 209 W. Main St. Apt. A, Port Jefferson, aggravated possession of drugs and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. She was arrested May 9 with Methamphetamine.
• Danial Bancroft, 52, 134 Mound St., aggravated possession of drugs and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. He was arrested Jan. 28 with Methamphetamine.
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