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Child predator sentenced to eight years in prison



A repeat sexual offender with no felony record outside his propensity to abuse children was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison by Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor.

Marvin Heminger, 63, of 866 Hilltop Drive, was sentenced to consecutive prison terms of four, two and two years, respectively, on three charges of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony. He will be labeled a Tier II sexual offender and must register his address with the county sheriff every 180 days for 25 years. He was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution.

The defendant pleaded guilty in July to abusing three girls under the age of 13 between 2009 and 2012. He originally was indicted on eight charges that included rape.

This is the offender’s second sex offense conviction. He pleaded guilty in 1991 to a charge of gross sexual imposition and did about a year in prison and served three years’ probation.

“This is indeed one of the saddest cases I have ever seen,” Judge O’Connor said.   

Mr. Heminger has committed no other criminal offenses, his attorney said, noting multiple letters sent from some family and friends addressed to the court on the defendant’s behalf.

The defendant apologized and said he regretted his actions. He spoke about his love for his wife of more than 40 years. He spoke directly to her at one point, and told her he loved her.

He won’t be eligible for early release for at least four years.

Claybaugh gets six years for burglaries



A longtime burglar with an admitted heroin addiction was sentenced to prison in other cases this week in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

Josh Claybaugh, 28, of DeGraff, was sentenced to six years in prison for two counts of burglary, third-degree felonies.

The defendant’s most recent burglary charges were from two Bellefontaine residences he ransacked along north Park Street and Arlington Road. He’s also awaiting sentencing on charges of tampering with coin machines in Urbana, prosecutors report.

The defendant has several juvenile and adult offenses related to theft, assault, forgery and receiving stolen property.

Also sentenced were:

• Jonathon Allen, 32, of Bellefontaine: West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, three years’ community control, a six-month driver’s license suspension and ordered to pay attorney fees and court costs for possession of drugs; and

• Curtis Brenneman, 21, of Bellefontaine: 30 days in Logan County Jail, five years’ community control and was ordered to pay a $250 fine, court costs and attorney fees for burglary.

Pleading guilty were:

Brandon Russell, 30, of Bellefontaine: theft and possession of drugs; and Dustin Krouse, 28, of Bellefontaine: burglary. Presentence investigations were ordered and sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 23.

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