22 men indicted for allegedly attempting to engage in sexually activity with a minor

The Franklin County Prosecutor's Office announced that 22 people have been indicted for attempting to engage in sexual conducted with what they thought were children.

“These 22 men all travelled to a specific location in Franklin County to engage in inappropriate sexual conduct with what they thought were children they believed to be between 12 and 15 years old,” Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said.

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Two women accused of abusing 94-year-old nursing home resident in their care

Two women face a charge that they abused a 94-year-old resident of a Canal Winchester nursing home while working there.

Makiah Chane’l Halsell, 22, of Reynoldsburg, and Roberta I. Bower, 28, of the Southeast Side, were each indicted by a Franklin County grand jury on Monday on one count of fourth-degree patient abuse.

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Parole denied for ‘Grandview Rapist’

The Ohio Adult Parole Authority denied a request for early release from a former doctor and serial rapist, the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday.

Edward F. Jackson Jr., 75, is serving a prison term of between 282 and 985 years after being convicted of multiple counts of rape related to 36 victims.

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April 2020 trial date set for former Mount Carmel doctor charged in fatal overdoses

The trial for a former doctor at Mount Carmel West charged with 25 counts of murder is set to begin on April 27, 2020.

Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkiller doses given to dozens of patients who later died.

His lawyer said Husel was trying to provide "comfort care" for dying patients and didn't intend to hasten their deaths, as prosecutors allege.

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Reagan Tokes case to be featured on 'Dateline' episode

NBC’s Dateline will feature a broadcast Monday titled Unchecked Evil, about the 2017 murder of 21-year-old Ohio State senior and former Monclova Township resident Reagan Tokes

Ms. Tokes, an Anthony Wayne High School graduate, was enrolled in Ohio State studying psychology when she was kidnapped, robbed, raped, and murdered — her body dumped near a Grove City park entrance — just months before she was supposed to graduate.

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Trying again on new parole reforms in wake of Tokes murder

COLUMBUS — Half of the reforms sought in the wake of the 2017 murder of former Monclova Township resident Reagan Tokes recently became law, but lawmakers were back Thursday seeking action on more complicated and expensive changes left undone last year regarding the state parole system.

The 21-year-old psychology senior at Ohio State University was kidnapped, robbed, raped, and shot twice in the head on Feb. 8, 2017, by Brian Lee Golsby, who recently had been released from prison after completing a sentence for attempted rape.

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Two men convicted and sentenced for human trafficking ring in Central Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two men responsible for a human trafficking ring in Central Ohio were convicted and sentenced on Friday. The Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, and Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan announced the news.

A 17-month investigation conducted by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force found that Curtis Gossett, with the assistance of others including Jeffrey Bagley, recruited women from the streets and jail, used narcotics to control their victims and trafficked dozens of women for commercial sex in Columbus.

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Former Columbus vice officer indicted in the shooting death of Donna Castleberry

COLUMBUS— A Franklin County grand jury has indicted former Columbus Division of Police Vice Officer Andrew Mitchell.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien speaks on the indictment:

The grand jury met over the past two days to consider evidence regarding the fatal officer-involved shooting of Donna Castleberry during an alleged prostitution sting.

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Murder suspect charged with rapes of two other women

A Columbus man accused of killing a 47-year-old woman in February now is facing charges that he raped two other women during a five-month span, the Franklin County prosecutor’s office announced Thursday.

Troy L. Hairston, 48, of the South Side, had turned himself in to Columbus police on March 8 and, police said, he confessed to killing Tonya L. Daniels, 47, whose body was found Feb. 24 in a garage behind a home in the 900 block of Seymour Avenue.

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Former Columbus officer pleads guilty in child porn case

Dean P. Worthington, who resigned from the division last month, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

A former Columbus police sergeant could be sentenced to as long as 19 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to child pornography charges, but the judge in the case said he will consider probation.

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