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City man pleads guilty to multiple sex charges

Four defendants pleaded guilty and three were sentenced before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark O’Connor earlier this week.

Marvin Heminger (pictured), 63, of 886 Hilltop Drive, Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to three counts of gross sexual imposition.

In December, Heminger was indicted for one count of rape (F1) and seven counts of gross sexual imposition (F3).

The Bellefontaine Police Department responded to allegations of sexual abuse with three girls under the age of 14 from Logan County. The incidents happened over the last three years.

Police started their investigation in September.

Officers were assisted by Logan County Children's Services.

Heminger was convicted of four counts of gross sexual imposition in 1991 and sent to prison.

Heminger will be sentenced on August 19th. Prosecutors are recommending an eight-year prison term. He will be labeled a Tier II sex offender.

Joshua Claybaugh, 28, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary.

Curtis Breneman, 21, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to burglary.

Jonathon Allen, 32, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs.

Presentence investigations were ordered and sentencings are scheduled for August 19th.

Ronald Griffith, 53, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, five years community control, and ordered to pay a $250 fine, court costs, and attorney fees for breaking and entering.

Zane Grandi, 24, of Russells Point, was sentenced to the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, five years community control, given a one-year license suspension, and ordered to pay court costs and attorney fees for possession of drugs.

Betty Jean Carter (pictured), 23, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to five years community control for failure to comply with the signal of a police officer.

In February, Carter was indicted for failure to comply with a police officer (F3).

On December 19th, Carter fled when the Bellefontaine Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the 800 block of West Sandusky Avenue.

An officer on patrol near Western Intermediate, 1135 West Sandusky Avenue, saw a Ford Ranger parked at 105 School Street.

Moments later, Carter left the residence.

The officer initiated the traffic stop because he could not see the license plate, which was partially covered in the rear window.

Initially, Carter pulled over. As the officer walked up to the pickup, she fled eastbound.

Carter then turned right on Garfield Avenue and pulled off the road near the Mobile Instruments Parking lot. An unnamed female passenger exited the truck and fled.

Carter then turned south on Detroit Street, running stop signs and traffic signals.

Authorities report that she drove between a southbound mail truck and a northbound car at the intersection of Detroit Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Carter then turned right on Carter Avenue and took Plumvalley Street to South Troy Road.

After Carter ran stop signs at the intersections of South Troy Road and County Road 11 and Township Road 216 and County Road 18, police ended the pursuit.

Another officer then saw Carter on Gunntown Road and followed her home.

Carter, who was found inside a bedroom closet, was charged with felony fleeing and eluding and a warrant for driving under suspension.

Police report that Carter ran nine stop signs, drove recklessly, and changed lanes improperly.

She was lodged in the Logan County Jail.

The Logan County Sheriff's Office assisted during the pursuit, which lasted four minutes.

No one was injured.

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