By KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT
Staff Writer

A Findlay man has been indicted by a Hancock County grand jury for possessing child pornography.

Robert C. Sams, 42, of Findlay, was indicted this month on 15 counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony.

Sams had “child pornography in the form of both videos and photos” on a device at his home on Aug. 30, Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle said. The material was downloaded from the internet, Riegle said.

The children in the photos and videos were “a pretty broad range” of ages, Riegle said.

In other indictments, Doug A. Shurelds, 36, of Findlay, was charged with workers’ compensation fraud, a fourth-degree felony. He allegedly received benefits he was not entitled to between December 2017 and June 2018.

Riegle said Shurelds received less than $10,000.

Theodore A. Wright Jr., 46, of Toledo, is charged with receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony. The charge is related to a theft from Walmart of goods worth between $1,000 and $7,500.

David P. Otte, 52, of Findlay, faces two charges of receiving stolen property, both fifth-degree felonies, for allegedly having a credit card and a credit union card belonging to a Bluffton woman on Oct. 2.

Charles R. Epley, 49, of Fostoria, was indicted for violating a protection order, a fifth-degree felony. On Oct. 2 in Fostoria, Epley allegedly violated a protection order issued by Hancock County Common Pleas Court. He had a previous conviction for violating a protection order in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

Molly J. Huffman, 35, of Delphos, was indicted for aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony; vehicular assault, a fourth-degree felony; and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor. She allegedly struck another vehicle with hers on Sept. 22 in Eagle Township.

Michael L. Miller, 43, of Findlay, was charged with harassment with a bodily substance, a fifth-degree felony.

This usually means the defendant spit on the victim, Riegle said. In this case, the alleged victim is a sergeant with the sheriff’s office who was harassed July 30 at the Hancock County jail.

Jacob M. Stephens, 22, of Findlay, was indicted for failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony. He did not appear in Hancock County Common Pleas Court on Oct. 9.

Michele L. Mayer, 43, of Lima, was indicted for failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony. She did not appear in Hancock County Common Pleas Court on Oct. 23.

Justin L. McKinney, 31, of Findlay, was charged with domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly harming a woman on Nov. 1 in Findlay. He previously was convicted of domestic violence in Findlay Municipal Court.

Two people were indicted on weapons charges, in separate October incidents.

Laronica T. Baity, 22, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was indicted for improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. Baity allegedly had a 9 mm handgun accessible in her vehicle on Oct. 24 in Findlay.

Tyrell N. Taylor, 33, of Findlay, is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony. He allegedly had a concealed 9 mm gun and ammunition on Oct. 19 in Findlay.

Five people were indicted for possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony. All allegedly possessed less than 5 grams of the drug.

Jacob M. Duran Sr., 30, of Findlay, allegedly possessed cocaine in Findlay on May 11. Richel A. Duran, 28, of Findlay, also allegedly possessed cocaine in Findlay on May 11.

Ryan D. Steward, 31, of Findlay, allegedly possessed cocaine in Findlay on Sept. 14.

Tanner J. Beck, 26, of Findlay, allegedly possessed cocaine in Findlay on Sept. 18.

Joshua D. Dean, 38, of Findlay, allegedly possessed cocaine in Findlay on Sept. 13.

Rae B. Gault, 46, of Forest, was indicted on three drug charges: possession of cocaine, aggravated possession of drugs, and possession of heroin, all fifth-degree felonies. Gault allegedly possessed cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin in Findlay on July 7.

Danny R. Scarberry Jr., 51, of Findlay, was indicted on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He allegedly possessed methamphetamine, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine in Findlay on July 27.

A secret indictment was recently released against Deontae L. McCorvey, 32, of Findlay, who faces two charges of trafficking in cocaine, both fifth-degree felonies, and aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

McCorvey allegedly sold cocaine and fentanyl in May and June of this year in Findlay. The aggravated trafficking charge is for the alleged fentanyl sale.

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