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Gilboa man faces 21 more sex charges

By RYAN DUNN
staff writer
OTTAWA — A Gilboa man who was charged last year with 46 sex offenses, including human trafficking, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to an additional 21 counts of child pornography.
Bond was continued at $100,000 for Gary L. Badertscher, 53, after his hearing in Putnam County Common Pleas Court.
A Putnam County grand jury last week handed up the additional indictments against Badertscher, alleging illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, all fifth-degree felonies.
Badertscher allegedly possessed material showing young girls in a “state of nudity” in Putnam County last August.
He was previously charged with 46 sex offenses. Those charges include compulsion to involuntary servitude, endangering children, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.
Prosecutors allege Badertscher coerced girls to participate in obscene material and enticed one to involuntarily take part, according to the indictments.
Officials have said the young women in the case are safe. All the alleged offenses occurred between 2012 and August 2013 in Putnam County, according to the indictments.
Badertscher was first indicted shortly before a Dec. 21 fire destroyed his Dutchman Travel Trailer at 328 Sugar Ridge Road in Gilboa. The State Fire Marshal’s Office ruled it arson.
The Putnam County grand jury also indicted three others on Friday:
• Timothy W. Good, 53, of Continental, was charged with rape and gross sexual imposition, felonies of the first and third degree.
On Nov. 7, 2010, in Putnam County, Good allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a minor of about 9 years old. On Nov. 3 last year, Good allegedly made sexual contact with a second girl of about 5 years old in Putnam County.
He is scheduled for arraignment today.
• Matthew J. Hickle, 18, of Mount Cory, has been charged with aggravated burglary, theft, felonious assault, and breaking and entering, felonies of the first, fourth, second and fifth degree.
Hickle allegedly entered 1570 N. Perry St., Lot 29, in Ottawa, stole property valued at between $7,500 and $150,000, and assaulted the resident with a knife.
He is also alleged to have entered B&P Steele Trucking & Equipment, 416 E. Washington St., Pandora, to commit a theft.
Each incident allegedly occurred on Feb. 11, according to the indictment. Hickle pleaded not guilty during his Wednesday arraignment.
• Suzanne M. Gerding, 32, of Ottoville, was charged with a fifth-degree felony count of theft. On Dec. 23 in Putnam County, Gerding allegedly stole jewelry owned by several women, valued at between $1,000 and $7,500. She pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.
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