A 15-year-old West Mansfield-area teen indicted for sexually assaulting four young girls was released Wednesday on a recognizance bond from the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center to await his trial.
Family Court Judge Kim Kellogg-Martin ordered that Jordan Griffin, 23800 Davis Road, must wear a global positioning satellite transmitter and have no contact with the victims or minors. He will receive schooling at home during the time.
He entered a denial to the nine charges and waived his right to a speedy trial. The judge vacated a January trial date, but has yet to set a new date.
The Logan County Prosecutor’s Office asked for a $100,000 bond prior to Wednesday’s hearing but the request was denied.
Jordan, who has been in custody since Oct. 25, has been named in a Logan County grand jury indictment charging him with two counts of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition involving the first known victim; two counts of GSI on the second victim; GSI for a third victim; and GSI for a fourth.
All of the counts carry a serious youthful offender specification which prosecutors will use to seek a blended sentence.
Blended sentences allow a judge to impose juvenile sanctions and adult sanctions after conviction.
Defendants are entitled to jury trials.
Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Jordan after the first victim’s mother reported an incident of sexual abuse on Oct. 24.
Investigators, along with Logan County Children’s Services caseworkers, found three more girls who allegedly were victimized by the suspect while riding on a Benjamin Logan Local School District school bus.
Accusations of rape involve actions that qualify as sexual conduct and it does not have to involve intercourse. Gross sexual imposition is defined as sexual contact.