James McCartney, left, was indicted on 16 counts, and Nathan Murray, right, was charged with 24 felonies during Tuesday's grand jury session. (Mugshots courtesy of the Highland County Sheriff's Office)
James McCartney, left, was indicted on 16 counts, and Nathan Murray, right, was charged with 24 felonies during Tuesday's grand jury session. (Mugshots courtesy of the Highland County Sheriff's Office)

Two Highland County men were indicted in two separate cases involving a combined 40 alleged crimes against children in the April 6 Highland County grand jury session.

Nathan Murray, 31, of Greenfield was charged with 24 counts, including:

• One count of rape, a first-degree felony;

• Six counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, all second-degree felonies;

• One count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony; and

• Sixteen counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, all fourth-degree felonies.

All 24 counts allegedly involve a minor victim, at least some of which involve under the age of 10. The allegations in the indictment range anywhere from March 2020 to February 2021.

In an unrelated indictment, James Hugh McCartney, 61, of Hillsboro was charged with trafficking in persons, a first-degree felony, and 15 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, all fourth-degree felonies.

As previously reported, a complaint was filed in Hillsboro Municipal Court March 1 charging McCartney with trafficking in persons after he allegedly asked someone to find him a female individual “as young as you can.”

According to the indictment filed Tuesday in Highland County Common Pleas Court, on or about Feb. 26, McCartney allegedly “did knowingly recruit, lure, entice, isolate, harbor, transport, provide, obtain or maintain,” or attempt to do so, a “person … less than 16 years of age or is a person with a developmental disability.” The indictment says that McCartney’s alleged actions were “for the purpose to engage in sexual activity for hire.”

In addition, on the same Feb. 26 date, McCartney is accused in 15 separate counts of “knowingly buying, procuring, possessing or controlling any obscene material … that has a minor as one of its participants.”

According to the affidavit filed in Hillsboro Municipal Court last month, McCartney has prior convictions of pandering obscenity and pandering obscenity involving a minor in Ohio as well as being convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor in the state of California. He is “currently listed as a Pre-AWA Sexual Predator by the State of Ohio” and is required to be a “lifetime registrant” on the sex offender registry, the affidavit says.

Other indictments included:

• Brandon Lee Greene, 34, of Greenfield was charged with felonious assault on a peace officer, a first-degree felony; failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony; and receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony. It is alleged that on or about March 15, Greene “did cause or attempt to cause physical harm” to a Greenfield police officer “by means of a 2017 Dodge van.” On the same date, Greene allegedly “did operate a motor vehicle … so as willfully to elude or flee a police officer.” Greene also “did receive, retain or dispose of” a motor vehicle owned by another individual, while allegedly “knowing or having reasonable cause to believe said property had been obtained through the commission of a theft offense.”

• Zachary D. Hodge, 28, of Lynchburg was charged with burglary, a second-degree felony; grand theft of a firearm, a third-degree felony; and a forfeiture specification. According to the indictment, on or about March 10, 2021, Hodge allegedly “did by force, stealth or deception knowingly trespass” on a property owned by a female victim. On the same date, Hodge allegedly “knowingly obtained or exerted control” over four firearms owned by the victim of the burglary charge. A separate revolver in Hodge’s possession is subject to forfeiture “due to its instrumentality in the commission or facilitation of the offense.”

• David L. Minniear, 73, of Bainbridge was charged with illegal cultivation of marijuana in the vicinity of a juvenile, a second-degree felony; possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony; and a forfeiture specification. The indictment says that on or about Aug. 5, 2020, Minniear allegedly “did knowingly cultivate marijuana … in an amount equal to or exceeding 5,000 grams but less than 20,000 grams, in the vicinity of a juvenile.” He also allegedly had a power inverter, grow equipment, dehumidifier, marijuana seeds, grow lights and a weapon, along with other miscellaneous items, in his possession. The alleged criminal tools are subject to forfeiture.

• Drake M. Ames, 24, of Hillsboro was charged with one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony; one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; and a forfeiture specification. According to the indictment, on or about Sept. 1, 2020, Ames did knowingly obtain, posses or use methamphetamine. In addition, Ames also allegedly “did knowingly transport or have a firearm in a motor vehicle, which was not both unloaded and carried in a compartment which can only be reached by leaving the vehicle” on the same date. The Smith & Wesson 9mm gun and a 9mm magazine are subject to forfeiture.

• Sarah F. Dickson, 37, of Hillsboro was charged with illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony; and aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony. According to the indictment, Dickson allegedly conveyed or attempted to convey methamphetamine onto the grounds of the Highland County Justice Center on or about Oct. 3, 2020.

• In a joint indictment, Shaice A. Jones, 19, of Hillsboro and Oistin Lightner, 20, of Greenfield were charged with grand theft of a firearm, a third-degree felony, and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. On or about Feb. 5, Jones and Lightner are accused of “obtaining or exerting control over” four firearms and without the owner’s consent. In addition, they allegedly obtained ammunition, a Playstation 4 with controllers and other miscellaneous items from the same victim.

• George J. Dotzauer, 47, of Hillsboro was charged with two fifth-degree felony counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance. During a period from October to December of 2020, Dotzauer allegedly “did recklessly possess or view material or a performance” depicting lewd or graphic images of a minor.

• Evelyn Doughman, 40, of Martinsville was charged with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. On or about March 8, Doughman allegedly “did by force, stealth or deception trespass in a building” in Highland County. On the same date, she allegedly “knowingly obtained or exerted control over” clothing, household items, and other miscellaneous items belonging to two victims.

• Dru McGary, 33, of Hillsboro was also charged with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor in an unrelated case. McGary is charged with trespassing in a building on or about March 1 and allegedly obtaining or exerting control over boots, coins and other miscellaneous items owned by two victims residing in Highland County.

• Melvin Ray, 45, of Hillsboro was charged with one second-degree felony count of felonious assault. Ray is accused of “knowingly causing or attempting to cause physical harm” to a victim using a metal ball bat on or about Oct. 8, 2020.

• Todd L. Parr, 43, of Greenfield was charged with failure to register a change of address as a registered sex offender, a third-degree felony. According to the indictment, beginning on or about Jan. 21, 2021 and continuing thereafter, Parr allegedly “failed to provide notice of any change of address within 20 days by written notice.” The indictment says that Parr has a previous conviction of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor out of Union County as well as previous failure to register change of address convictions out of Franklin County.

• Dusty R. Cox, 40, of Sabina was charged with aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

• Kelly R. Young, 40, of Dayton was charged with one count of violating a protection order or consent agreement, a fifth-degree felony.

An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt.