Hillsboro man indicted on child rape charges


A Hillsboro man was indicted Tuesday by the Highland County Grand Jury on two counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition allegedly involving a girl as young as 7-years-old.

Walter F. Everhart, 47, Hillsboro, originally appeared in Hillsboro Municipal Court, where an affidavit filed April 3 states that the alleged victim, who is now a teenager, disclosed the abuse during a visit to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in February.

The abuse allegedly occurred at a residence in the Rocky Fork Lake region in Paint Township.

The affidavit states that Everhart initially denied the accusations, but during an April 3 polygraph test administered by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, he “confessed to the accusations during the interview process.”

Everhart’s case was waived to the grand jury on April 20, and he is being held in the Highland County Justice Center on a $75,000 bond. The rape charges are first-degree felonies, while the gross sexual imposition charges are third-degree felonies. Everhart is represented by Hillsboro attorney Bill Armintrout.

Other indictments Tuesday included:

• Jody Raye Watson, 38, Greenfield, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony.

• Charles J. Colburn, 47, Chillicothe, two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, both third-degree felonies, one count of endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor, and a forfeiture specification. Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins said Colburn’s OVI charges are felonies because he has multiple prior felony convictions.

• Dixie L. Ray, 41, Fairborn, aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

• Matthew Willey, 26, listed as homeless, failure to register a change of address as a registered sex offender, a third-degree felony.

• Charles West, 55, Lynchburg, failure to register a change of address as a registered sex offender, a second-degree felony. Collins said the difference between the Willey and West cases is based on the level of the initial offense.

• Lucas Holsinger, 34, Bainbridge, aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

• David Anderson, 34, Lynchburg, forgery, a fifth-degree felony. Collins said the allegations involve forging checks here and in other counties.

Reach Gary Abernathy at 937-393-3456 or by email at gabernathy@civitasmedia.com.

Eight indicted by grand jury Tuesday

By Gary Abernathy


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