Rapist imprisoned



A defendant pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced by Judge Mark S. O’Connor to several years in prison for sexually abusing a child.

Joe P. Hatfield, 42, of 502 Fairview Ave., Russells Point, pleaded guilty to rape, a first-degree felony, and was sentenced to seven years in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

He also must register as a Tier III sexual offender for the rest of his life, and undergo five years’ post-release control following his release from prison.

He was arrested in December following a months-long investigation into his suspected abuse of a girl under the age of 5. Logan County Children’s Services assisted deputies from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.

The defendant also has previous criminal convictions for non-support of dependents.

Drug dealer sentenced to prison



A defendant was imprisoned Monday for drug trafficking charges.

Marcus Tabler, 30, of Columbus, was sentenced to 10 months in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, a one-year driver’s license suspension and ordered to pay court costs for two counts of trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felonies.

He also forfeited about $900 that was taken from him at the time of his arrest late last year.

Asking for community control, the defendant said he’d obtained a job after months of trying. His attorney told the court the defendant had been working second shift for $8.50 an hour at a Columbus-area factory.

Mr. Tabler said his prior felony records made finding employment extremely difficult after he was released from prison last fall, and that he went back into the “local drug culture” to get money to buy Christmas presents for his children.

He apologized for his actions then, and said these days he cares for his children in the morning before going to work in the afternoon and working into the late hours.

The judge also denied a furlough for the defendant, citing previous failure to appear violations.

Woman sentenced for trafficking



Dustany Foreman, 29, of DeGraff, was sentenced to 30 days in the Logan County Jail, five years’ community control, and was ordered to pay attorney fees and court costs for trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

The defendant has 19 days’ jail credit. She is to report to jail Monday following a furlough.

The judge also ordered her to the Probation Incentive Program, which the court and Adult Parole Authority consider a specialized docket of defendants currently on community control. It includes counseling and job training resources.

Logan County Prosecutors had also suggested a period at the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility.

However, Judge O’Connor pointed out that revised sentencing guidelines from the state legislature didn’t permit him to sentence the defendant to West Central yet, because a rubric used to measure her likelihood of re-offending wasn’t high enough.

“The court agrees with the sentiment of the prosecutor,” that Ms. Foreman would benefit from some form of “confinement program,” the judge said.

Ms. Foreman is also on supervision in Darke County, and may be ordered to West Central, or another in-patient facility by a judge there.

The defendant’s trafficking behavior began as a way to feed her drug addiction, she said, but she’s ready to put that past her.

“I’m ready to be the Mom I’m supposed to be,” she said. “My kids deserve that.”