Sex crimes prominent in Highland County Grand Jury indictments


Man allegedly paid juvenile for inappropriate acts

By David Wright - and Jeff Gilliland



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Several men were charged Tuesday with sex crimes in November’s Highland County Grand Jury indictments, including one case involving alleged prostitution.

Johnny Lee Groves, 34, Hillsboro, was indicted on two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of compelling prostitution, all third-degree felonies.

According to court documents, Groves allegedly paid a 14-year-old juvenile to allow Groves to perform sex acts on the juvenile last year.

The juvenile said the acts took place in the summer of 2017 on East Lilly Avenue in Hillsboro, the affidavit says.

The affidavit further says that Groves admitted in law enforcement interviews in September that the acts took place on more than one occasion.

Also Tuesday, Steven J. Holland, 36, Hillsboro, a Hillsboro City Schools teacher when charges related to the incident were originally filed, was indicted on one count of sexual battery, a third-degree felony, and two counts of sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor.

Holland allegedly touched a female inappropriately at his home in Brushcreek Township in the summer of 2008, according to court documents.

Court documents state the activity continued until a more inappropriate form of touching in September of 2010 when the victim was 17, according to the affidavit.

An affidavit filed in the case states that when Holland was interviewed during the investigation, he did not deny the 2010 event, but stated that he could paint the incident in a different light.

The affidavit says that Holland said the victim did not have a problem with any of the inappropriate touching at the time it occurred, and that he knew what he did was illegal, but there was not anything he could do about it now.

Hillsboro Superintendent Tim Davis said Holland had been put on paid administrative leave until further notice when charges were originally filed.

The following people were also indicted Tuesday:

Adam Seth Parry, 24, Hillsboro, two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony.

James Childers, 23, Loveland, one count possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.

Joseph Hughes, 35, Ray, Ohio, one count aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony; and one count aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Samual R. McLees, 31, Leesburg, one count aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth- degree felony.

Shannon D. Spurlock, 46, Sabina, one count non-support of dependents, a fifth-degree felony.

David A. Long, 30, Hillsboro; Harley Taylor, 25, South Salem; Joshua R. Knisley, 44, Hillsboro; Logan W. Elliott, 29, Cincinnati; Bruce L. Adams, 41, Lancaster; Devyn Y. Price, 26, Hillsboro, one count each aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

Aaron M. Stephens, 34, Greenfield, one count theft, a fifth-degree felony; one count forgery, a fourth-degree felony.

Tyler A. Trent, 30, Greenfield, one count receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony; one count aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony; one count aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Kainan Binegar, 19, Greenfield, one count failure to comply with the order or signal of police officer, a third-degree felony.

Travis Jay Applegate, 38, Lynchburg, one count theft, a fifth-degree felony; one count forgery, a fourth-degree felony.

Thomas S. Maxfield, 50, Hillsboro, one count assault on a peace officer, a fourth-degree felony.

Matthew G. Streber, 40, Hillsboro, one count aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Samantha Moermond, 29, Sardinia, one count failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony; one count aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

Andrew M. Sanden, 21, Hillsboro; Melinda Sue Jenkins, 33, Greenfield, one count each failure to register a change of address as a registered sex offender, a fourth-degree felony.

Gilbert Stonerock, 43, Greenfield, one count failure to register a change of address as a registered sex offender, a third-degree felony.

Darren R. Johnson, 56, Bethel, two counts aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, a fourth-degree felony; two counts aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

William Throckmorton, 30, Greenfield; Amanda Hester, 33, Bainbridge; Kiniks Landrum, 21, Greenfield, three counts each receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony.

Samantha Jo Reffitt, 29, Hillsboro, one count aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Michael Cooper, 34, Hillsboro; Nicole G. Cooper, 30, Hillsboro; Dillon Halford, 30, Middletown; Alyssa Bellow, 20, Hillsboro, one count each trafficking in marijuana in the vicinity of a juvenile, a second-degree felony; one count each possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony.

Kathleen Kelly, 53, Mt. Orab, two counts aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, a fourth-degree felony; two counts aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony; one count forfeiture specification.

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Man allegedly paid juvenile for inappropriate acts

By David Wright

and Jeff Gilliland