A scheduled preliminary hearing for an area attorney accused of burglary was continued Tuesday in Franklin Municipal Court.
Judge Rupert Ruppert granted the continuance for the preliminary hearing until after attorney William Matthew Tinch, 35, of Franklin, completes a 28-day drug and alcohol program in Milford.
Ruppert said Tinch, who is accused of burglary, a second-degree felony, entered the treatment program on Aug. 3.
The victim’s family consented for Tinch to enter the treatment program, according to Ruppert.
Ruppert said the city prosecutor and Tinch’s lawyer will discuss whether to pursue the felony charge or have it reduced to a misdemeanor after he completes the program and how well he does in the program and how the family feels at that time.
Tinch was released on a $100,000 bond following his video arraignment last week. As a condition of his release, Tinch was ordered to stay 50 yards from his relative’s home on the southwest corner of Miami Avenue and Park Avenue.
Franklin police allege that Tinch broke into a relative’s home on July 28 and accessed a computer leading to his arrest for burglary.
According to police, Linda Crawford, Tinch’s mother-in-law, called police Friday afternoon and reported the basement door of her Oxford Drive residence had been forced open overnight.
“Subsequent investigation found that the victim’s son-in-law, William M. Tinch, entered the residence without permission on today’s date at 3:53 a.m. While inside the house, Tinch accessed the victim’s personal computer and typed a message to the victim,” according to the police report.
Tinch is an attorney for Tinch Law, 301 N. Breiel Blvd. in Middletown, according to the Supreme Court of Ohio and Ohio Judicial System. The website shows no discipline or sanction history for Tinch.