Created on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 Written by By THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
A nearly-six-year-old case of sexual abuse was resolved Monday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor with a prison term for the offender.
Steven Eastman, 51, of Great Bend, Kan., was sentenced to one year in prison and five years’ post release control for one count of importuning, a fourth-degree felony. He will be tagged a “sexually-oriented offender,” requiring him to report to the county sheriff where he resides for 10 years.
The case dates to 2007, according to Logan County prosecutors. Authorities spent another three or so years locating the defendant, an over-the-road truck driver. He was arrested June, 2012, on a local warrant after Logan County Sheriff’s Deputies identified him in the county.
He reportedly has family locally.
In exchange for the plea, charges of rape and gross sexual imposition were dropped. The defendant admits to soliciting oral sex from a girl, 13, at the time. However, he denies any physical abuse took place, a fact disputed by prosecutors, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Eric Stewart said.
Through his attorney, the defendant claims he was probably drunk when he committed the offense.
He was originally set to be sentenced Oct. 21, but the court granted a continuance of the sentencing so that the defendant may care for his ill parents, with whom he’d been residing throughout the disposition of this case.
Defense sought an additional continuance, which was denied. The judge also denied a furlough request for the defendant ahead of his prison term, citing the already weeks-long delay in sentencing.
Defendant convicted of another OVI
A Lakeview man faces a minimum two months’ local lockup after pleading guilty Monday to his sixth drunk driving offense in 18 years.
Troy Crabtree, 51, pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, a fourth-degree felony. The crime is a felony because the defendant has five previous OVI convictions between 1994 and 2009.
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In other cases this week in Logan County Common Pleas Court:
• Daniel Dearwester, 26, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to 33 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution for grand theft and complicity to grand theft;
• Gregory Abbott, 47, of Urbana was sentenced to 11 months in prison for possession of drugs;
• Dana Biggers, 32, Michigan, was sentenced to five years’ community control and ordered to restitution for forgery;
• Glen Goble, 25, of Lima, was sentenced to West Central Community Based Correctional Facility and the probation incentive program for a community control violation. His original charge was domestic violence;
Pleading guilty were:
Donald Grant, 34, at large: gross sexual imposition; and Matthew Parmer, 44, Bellefontaine: trafficking in drugs. Presentence investigations wre ordered and sentencing is Dec. 16.
Jesse Bickham, 21, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal conveyance of a prohibited item into a corrections facility, and was placed on the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program.