Diversion program for former JFS staffer


Two defendants heading to prison, another awaits sentencing

By Angela Shepherd - ashepherd@civitasmedia.com



Ronda McAdams is pictured in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday with her defense attorney, Jim Boulger.


A former adoption coordinator for Highland County Job and Family Services pled guilty to a theft charge on Wednesday and has been admitted into the prosecutor’s diversion program.

Ronda McAdams, 48, Greenfield, pled guilty to fifth-degree felony theft and agreed to pay $1,354 in restitution.

While McAdams is engaged in the program all further prosecution in regard to the case will halt. If she successfully completes the diversion program, the felony charge against her will be dismissed.

As previously reported, McAdams was fired from JFS in July after an allegation that she deliberately falsified records including timesheets, time clock cards, reports, allowance forms, employment application record, purchase orders and receipts, and also allegedly falsified accident reports.

McAdams in late September agreed to a bill of information, which foregoes the indictment process, for the felony theft charge.

Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins said at that time that the opportunity to enter the diversion program was typical in similar cases involving first-time offenders.

In other hearings two defendants were sentenced to prison.

Kenneth Matthew Matthews, 43, Greenfield, this week was sentenced to 10 months in prison after his community control was revoked.

In 2014 he pled guilty to fifth-degree felony nonsupport and was sentenced to five years community control. Last year, he admitted to probation violations and was ordered to attend treatment. Court records show that in September 2015 a warrant was issued for his arrest after his whereabouts became unknown. He was arrested on that warrant this month.

Courtney Marie Davis, 25, Hillsboro, pled guilty this week to failure to register a change of address as a registered sex offender.

She was sentenced to six months in prison. Additionally, Davis will be under five years of post-release control supervision by the Adult Parole Authority once the prison term is completed.

Darrell S. Hashman Jr., 28, Flushing, Ohio, pled guilty to fourth-degree felony theft of drugs. He is scheduled for sentencing in November following the completion of a presentence investigation.

Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.

Ronda McAdams is pictured in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday with her defense attorney, Jim Boulger.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2016/10/web1_cpc26Oct16.jpgRonda McAdams is pictured in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday with her defense attorney, Jim Boulger.
Two defendants heading to prison, another awaits sentencing

By Angela Shepherd

ashepherd@civitasmedia.com

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