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UPDATE: Man sentenced to jail for sending explicit texts to young girl



A defendant sentenced to local jail time for inappropriate contact with a juvenile female was among other cases disposed this week in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

Stephen Fields, 28, of West Liberty, was sentenced to 30 days in the Logan County Jail, two years’ community control, the probation incentive program and ordered to pay a $500 fine, court costs and attorney fees for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor.

A grand jury indictment handed up in June had also charged the defendant with three counts of importuning, fifth-degree felonies.

Mr. Fields had previously pleaded guilty to exchanging explicit pictures and text messages with a 15-year-old girl.

Also sentenced were:

• Vance Brown Jr., 34, of Bellefontaine: 30 days in jail, five years’ community control, a one-year driver’s license suspension and ordered to pay a $500 fine, court costs, restitution and attorney fees for trafficking in drugs;



• Patrick Biddle, 31, of Zanesfield: West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, five years’ community control and ordered to pay a $250 fine, court costs and attorney fees for complicity to illegal conveyance of drugs onto the grounds of a detention facility;

• Robert Hardwick, 29, of Wapakoneta: five years’ community control and ordered to pay court costs and attorney fees for non-support of dependents.

Pleading guilty were:

• Joseph Bair, 26, of Maplewood: theft and criminal trespassing. Mr. Bair was caught attempting to steal multiple pallets of steel rebar valued at about $1,000 from the construction site of the new Bellefontaine City Schools on July 15. A passerby reported the suspicious vehicle and the defendant reportedly told responding officers he had permission to be on the property and to take the steel. School and construction officials both denied the defendant had permission to be at the construction site.

• James Lu, 43, of Delaware: trademark counterfeiting; Natasha Grubbs, 30, of Marysville: possession of drugs; and Tyrone Coleman, 34, of Bellefontaine: non-support of dependents. Presentence investigations were ordered and sentencings are scheduled for January 22, 2013.

• Timothy Predmore, 26, of Bellefontaine: non-support of dependents and was admitted into the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program; and

• Jason Crawford, 28, of Bellefontaine: trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 16.

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