A New Vienna man was sentenced to eight years in prison after he admitted in open court Monday to calling in two bomb threats to local schools this year and to corrupting a minor at Washington City Schools with drugs.
Brian D. Tedrick’s admission to the Jan. 13 and April 20 bomb threats should give some solace to Fayette County students, families, teachers and faculty, said Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven Beathard during the hearing.
Tedrick, 46, smiled throughout court proceedings Monday but declined to make any statements on the record about the bomb threats he made or the illicit drug activity that was involved in the case.
Just prior to Tedrick’s admission, his court-appointed public defense attorney, Thomas Arrington, was in conference off-record with the state’s assistant prosecutor Sean Abbott. Judge Beathard said the discussions in the case have been ongoing as the two sides attempted to reach a resolution in the case before it proceeded to trial this week.
Tedrick was charged with a 47-felony count indictment that alleged he called in the two bomb threats and gave drugs to a student who also performed sexual acts in exchange for the drugs for a period exceeding one year.
The final plea and sentence agreement between the defense and prosecution dropped 41 of Tedrick’s felony charges.
The dismissed charges include two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and 16 counts of compelling prostitution. The sexual conduct charges would have been more difficult for the state to prove if the case proceeded to trial this week, said Fayette County Prosecutor Jess Weade, because there were questions about proving the time-frame that they occurred beyond a reasonable doubt.
Tedrick was additionally indicted on two charges of inducing panic, each a felony of the second degree. In court Monday, he admitted to calling in both bomb threats Jan. 13 and April 20 and admitted to all of the facts in both bomb threat incidents, but entered a guilty plea to just one of the inducing panic charges for the April 20 threat. The other inducing panic charge for Jan. 13 was dismissed in accordance with the plea and sentence agreement.
Judge Beathard reiterated to Tedrick that by negotiating his own plea and sentence agreement, Tedrick was giving up any right to a trial or appeal and asked Tedrick if he understood what that meant. Tedrick said yes.
For entering a guilty plea to the single charge of inducing panic, a felony of the second degree, Beathard sentenced Tedrick to serve five years in prison.
Tedrick called in the school bomb threats to the Washington C.H. Police Department dispatch. According to assistant prosecutor Sean Abbott, the calls were made using an online phone application and Tedrick spoke in a “garbled voice with an Arabian accent” and said he was going to blow up a school with pipe bombs.
Washington City Schools and Miami Trace Local Schools were searched in each incident and law enforcement found no evidence of any pipe bombs. A student between the ages of 16 and 18 later came forward to police and provided information about the threats. The student also claimed that Tedrick was providing drugs in return for sexual favors.
In court Monday, Tedrick admitted to corrupting the student with drugs. He entered a guilty plea to five counts of corrupting another with drugs (a minor), each count a felony of the second degree. Judge Beathard said that under Ohio felony sentencing guidelines, Tedrick would be required to serve a mandatory prison sentence on those charges.
Judge Beathard ordered Tedrick to spend three years of mandatory time in prison for the corruption, for a total prison term of eight years on all charges.
Tedrick will serve the three-year mandatory sentence and will not be eligible for any good-time credit or transitional control, said Beathard. Following the three-year mandatory term, Tedrick will continue to stay in prison to serve out the ordered five-year sentence on inducing panic, at which point he will be eligible for one to five days of good time credit a month and for transitional control if allowed by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.
The student’s family was notified of the plea and sentence negotiations in advance of the court hearing Monday, according to Beathard.
Tedrick was credited with 68 days of local jail time for the days he has already served on the charges.
For the six charges that he admitted to, Tedrick faced a maximum of 48 years in prison and fines of up to $90,000.
Following his plea and sentencing hearing, Tedrick was escorted by the sheriff’s bailiff back to the Fayette County Jail and was then transported to prison.
When he is released from prison, Tedrick will be supervised for a mandatory three years by the Adult Parole Authority. Judge Beathard said that if Tedrick commits any new felonies while under supervision by the Adult Parole Authority, the judge in the new felony case can enhance Tedrick’s sentencing with an additional 12 to 36 months in prison for each charge but no more than four years, in accordance with the Ohio felony sentencing guidelines.
Tedrick plead guilty to the following charges:
– Count two of the indictment, inducing panic, a second-degree felony. It specifies that the Washington C.H. Police Department received a bomb threat April 20 to Washington High School. Law enforcement searched the area and did not find evidence of any pipe bombs. Tedrick made the call by using an online phone application and the student reportedly witnessed Tedrick make the call from the parking lot of the high school.
– Count eight of the indictment, corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony. It specifies that Tedrick provided oxycontin, a schedule II controlled substance, to the student between the dates of May 1 and May 31.
– Count 20 of the indictment, corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony. It specifies that between the dates of Feb. 1 and Feb. 28, 2017, and in Clermont County, Tedrick gave the student methamphetamine, a scheduled II controlled substance. In this charge the prosecution specified that the drug activity primarily occurred in Fayette County.
– Count 22 of the indictment, corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony. It specifies that between the dates of March 1 and March 31, 2017, Tedrick furnished the minor with oxycodone, a schedule II illicit substance, in Fayette County.
– Count 26 of the indictment, corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony. It specifies that between the dates of April 1 and April 30, 2017, Tedrick provided the student with MDMA (ecstasy), a schedule I controlled substance, in Fayette County.
– Count 30 of the indictment, corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony. It specifies that Tedrick provided the student with hydrocodone, a schedule II substance, in Fayette County.
Ashley Bunton writes for the Washington C.H. Record Herald, a division of AIM Media Midwest.