Sidney man sentenced to prison on pandering charges


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@sidneydailynews.com



SIDNEY – A Sidney man was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of pandering sexually oriented material with a minor in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Stephen E. Cheek, 50, of Sidney, pleaded guilty Feb. 12 to three counts of pandering sexually oriented material with a minor, each of which is a fourth degree felony. On Oct. 21, Cheek knowingly possessed pictures of a minor participating or engaging in sexual activity.

As part of a plea deal, seven other counts of pandering sexually oriented material with a minor, each a fourth degree felony, were dropped.

Judge James F. Stevenson sentenced Cheek to one year in prison on each count with the sentences running consecutively, meaning one after another. He was granted credit for 99 days served.

After his term with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Cheek will be required to serve five years of probation. He also was ordered to pay $744.80 in court costs and was labeled a Tier II sex offender.

In other actions:

• Phillip D. McCluskey, 23, of Sidney, was sentenced to 17 months in prison on charges of trafficking in drugs, a fourth degree felony, and possessing criminal tools, a fifth degree felony. As part of a plea deal, another charge of trafficking in drugs, a third degree felony, was dropped.

McCluskey was ordered to serve 17 months in prison on the trafficking charge and 11 months in prison on the criminal tools charge. He will serve the sentences concurrently, meaning at the same time.

After his release from prison, McCluskey will serve up to three years of probation. He also was ordered to pay $408.24 in court costs.

• Matthew C. Padalino, 31, at large, was sentenced to 11 months in prison on an amended charge of attempted failure to provide change of address, a fifth degree felony. He was granted credit for 87 days served.

He previously was charged with failure to provide change of address, a fourth degree felony, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge Feb. 8.

After his prison term, Padalino will have to serve up to three years of probation. He also was ordered to pay $3,062.60 in court costs.

• Paul E. Ludwig, 29, of Sidney, was sentenced to five years of probation on an amended charge of counterfeiting, a fourth degree felony. He previously was charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second degree felony, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge Feb. 9.

Along with his probation term, Ludwig was ordered to successfully complete mental health treatment if determined to be necessary. He must pay $1,037.13 in restitution to Sidney Foodmart and must pay $381.85 in court costs.

• Taylor C. Miller, 23, at large, was sentenced to five years of probation on a charge of theft, a fifth degree felony. A second theft charge, also a fifth degree felony, was dropped by the state. She also must complete drug and alcohol counseling, must obtain and maintain employment, must pay $7,821.89 in restitution to Menards in Sidney and must pay $591.22 in court costs.

• Wesley Robert Woods, 34, of Conover, was sentenced to 120 days in the Shelby County Jail on an amended charge of assault, a first degree misdemeanor. He previously was charged with domestic violence, a fifth degree felony, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge Feb. 9.

Woods also must pay $415.45 in court costs.

• Gregory Cloninger, 63, was ordered to serve 14 days in Shelby County Jail and continue his community control sanctions for a probation violation stemming from a charge of attempted failure to provide change of address, a fourth degree felony.

• Patrick A. LeMaster, 53, of Sidney, was ordered to serve 30 days on the county bracelet program and continue his community control sanctions for a probation violation stemming from a charge of aggravated assault, a fourth degree felony.

By Kyle Shaner

kshaner@sidneydailynews.com

Reach the writer at kshaner@sidneydailynews.com or 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at kshaner@sidneydailynews.com or 937-538-4824.