Warren County corrections officer pleads guilty to drug trafficking

A corrections officer at Warren Correctional Institution pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony, in exchange for the other two felony charges being dismissed.

Daniel Garvey, 28, of Farmersville, pleaded guilty to the charge Tuesday afternoon before Judge Noah Powers II in Butler County Common Pleas Court. He was represented by Hal Arenstein.

Garvey will be sentenced Oct. 22 and faces up to 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine, Powers said.

The other two charges, illegal conveyance of drugs and possession of drugs, both third-degree felonies, were dismissed by the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office.

Powers said there was “substantial basis” that Garvey was guilty of the charge.

He was arrested Feb. 15, 2019 en route to WCI at a northbound Interstate 75 rest stop in Butler County following an investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Garvey, hired by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in April 2015, was in possession of 100 suboxone strips, according to Trooper L. Michael Butler, who is assigned to the patrol’s investigative unit that investigates crimes in the two Warren County state prisons.

He’s on no call-no show status pending the criminal investigation, according to JoEllen Smith, ODRC spokeswoman.

Man indicted for rape will have trial in 2020

A Middletown man will have to wait at least four months until he knows his fate after his trial was continued until 2020.

William L. Powell, 69, of the 1300 block of Oxford State Road, was arrested in September 2018 and later indicted by a Butler County grand jury for three counts of rape, gross sexual imposition, two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor.

The alleged victim reported sexual abuse beginning at age 10 and continuing until she was 18.

At a hearing Tuesday, Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Greg Stephens said there was a scheduling conflict in the courtroom next week, so the trial was continued until Jan. 6, 2020. The judge also said both parties agreed there would be “no resolution” short of a trial.

Powell, represented by attorney Michael Brush, is free after posting a $405,000 bond last year.

Man charged with sex crimes to be tried in December

A pre-trial hearing and trial date were set Tuesday morning for a Hamilton man charged with nine counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, nine counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and one count of rape.

Johnanthony Boyd, 20, of the 1200 block of Vine Street, will have his hearing on Nov. 12 and his trial, expected to last three days, was set for Dec. 11, according to Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Pater.

After his appearance, Boyd was led out of the courtroom by Butler County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

He was arrested by Hamilton detectives on May 24 and booked into the Butler County Jail, where he remains incarcerated in lieu of $205,000 bond. The alleged crimes occurred in July and September of 2018.

A police report was filed in March stating a witness received a photograph of a minor in a state of nudity, and an investigation began at that time, according to Hamilton Sgt. Richard Burkhardt.

The arrest report from Officer Mark Nichols states Boyd allegedly took “three videos of two different minor children under the age of 13 years old. The defendant took videos of their breast and (genitalia).”

Police say Boyd recorded a video of an 11-year-old child performing a sex act on him. All the images were in Boyd’s possession on his phone, according to the arrest report.

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