Piqua man convicted of unlawful sexual conduct


By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmedianetwork.com



MIAMI COUNTY — A Piqua man was found guilty of a misdemeanor sex offense and sentenced this week in Miami County Municipal Court.

Ernest Crawford, 19, of Piqua, was found guilty of first-degree misdemeanor unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Crawford was sentenced to one year of probation. He also received a fine and suspended jail time.

According to Miami County Municipal Court records, Crawford admittedly engaged in sex with the victim, a minor under the age of 16 at the time of the offense earlier this year in Piqua.

In other news:

Joseph L. Gaines, 25, of Piqua, received a fine and suspended jail time after recently being found guilty of first-degree misdemeanor child endangering. This charge was amended down as Gaines was originally charged with fourth-degree felony child endangering due to a prior conviction of attempted child endangering from January.

According to court records, Gaines was supposed to be watching a 2-year-old boy in his custody when the child was found near a busy intersection by a bystander on the 100 block of South Wayne Street on May 17.

Hailey Martin, 23, of Piqua, was also charged with first-degree misdemeanor child endangering in connection with this incident. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Aug. 2 for Martin.

The following people were also recently sentenced in Miami County Municipal Court:

• Janice M. Robinson, 40, of Troy, received a fine and suspended jail time for fourth-degree misdemeanor criminal trespass.

• Darin K. Atkins, 44, of Troy, received a fine and suspended jail time for first-degree misdemeanor failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

• Michael S. West, 29, of Dayton, received a fine and suspended jail time for fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct, amended down from first-degree misdemeanor assault.

• Jeffery L. Corning, 38, of Piqua, received suspended jail time for fourth-degree misdemeanor public indecency. He reportedly exposed himself on South Main Street in Piqua on April 15.

• Jordan A. Fleming, 18, of Piqua, received two years of probation, a fine, and suspended jail time for fourth-degree misdemeanor criminal trespass, amended down from first-degree misdemeanor violating a protection order.

• Meghan M. Hasty, 28, of Englewood, was sentenced to 35 days in jail for second-degree misdemeanor attempted, amended down from first-degree misdemeanor failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

By Sam Wildow

swildow@aimmedianetwork.com

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmedianetwork.com or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmedianetwork.com or (937) 451-3336