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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters

Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Joseph T. Deters, Prosecuting Attorney

“It’s an honor and privilege to serve as the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney. Our office is dedicated to serving the citizens of Hamilton County. I hope our website is helpful to you in explaining the many duties of the County Prosecutor and by giving you someone to contact if you have questions.”

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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in cold case

“Amazing police work solves cold case.” Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Kentucky resident William Brian Blankenship (DOB 8-16-64).  Blankenship is now indicted on 3 counts of burglary (felony 2), 4 counts of rape (felony 1), 2 counts of kidnapping (felony 1) and 2 counts of gross sexual imposition (felony 3/felony 4).  If convicted of all charges, he faces life in prison. All three offenses occurred in the Mt. Washington/Anderson [...]

February 11th, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in case involving Princeton school security monitor

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Lamont Baldwin (DOB 6/30/65) for 11 counts of Gross Sexual Imposition (Felony 3) and 1 count of Gross Sexual Imposition (Felony 4).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of over 50 years in prison. Baldwin was employed as a security monitor for the Princeton School District and assigned to the middle and high school from April 15, 1996 until termination on [...]

January 30th, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in murder of retired Cincinnati Police Officer

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Liscia Willis (DOB 7/21/70) for the murder of her father, retired Cincinnati Police Officer, James Lee (“Skip”) Dunlap.  Willis is now charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony), 1 count of Murder (Special Felony) and 1 count of Tampering with Evidence (Felony 3).  If convicted of all charges, she faces the possibility of life in prison without parole. The Forest Park Police [...]

December 30th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces referral to Special Prosecutor for gang of five case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the referral of a State of Ohio Auditor report to a special prosecutor. The report from the State Auditor concludes: POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS This investigative summary focuses on potential criminal violations by five individual members of the City of Cincinnati Council - - ALEXANDER PAUL GEORGE (“P.G.”) SITTENFIELD, CHRISTOPHER (“CHRIS”) SEELBACH, GREG LANDSMAN, TAMAYA DENNARD, and WENDELL YOUNG - -specifically, Dereliction of Duty, although the conduct described may [...]

December 19th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment against Derrick Owens and Shaunice Dickerson for assault on police officers

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Derrick Owens (DOB 1/21/93) and Shaunice Dickerson (DOB 9/21/93) for the November 29th assault on two Cincinnati Police Officers.  Owens is now indicted on 1 count of Felonious Assault (Felony 1), 2 counts of Robbery (Felony 2) and 2 counts of Assault on a Peace Officer (Felony 4).  Dickerson is now indicted of 1 count of Felonious Assault (Felony 1) and 2 counts of [...]

December 5th, 2019|

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The Hamilton County Prosecutors Office will be closed today in observance of the President’s Day holiday.

We will resume normal hours tomorrow morning. Have a great start to your week!
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This week, Prosecutor Joe Deters presented the newest class of Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys with their official badges.

Please join us in welcoming Brandon Brown, Geoff Pittman, Kate Buffington and Silvia Arieira to the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office as members of the office's Family Law and Children's Services Division!
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Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Kentucky resident William Brian Blankenship on 3 counts of burglary, 4 counts of rape, 2 counts of kidnapping and 2 counts of gross sexual imposition. He faces life in prison.

All three offenses occurred in the Mt. Washington/Anderson Township area of Hamilton County. The offenses occurred in 1999 and 2001.

The first incident occurred on July 25, 1999. The adult female victim was attacked in her residence in a multi-family apartment building.

The second incident occurred on August 14, 2001. The young female victim was sleeping with friends in a pop up trailer in her driveway. Blankenship took her out of the trailer and carried her into an open field close to her home where he attacked her.

The third incident occurred on October 10, 2001.The teenage female victim was attacked in her bedroom.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost commented, “When the good guys partner old-fashioned police work and innovative technology, the bad guys can’t escape justice - - nice win! Hats off to Joe Deters for pushing the frontiers of justice outward.”

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “This guy is beyond horrible. He is a pig. He raped little girls and we will have no mercy on him. This could be your sister or your daughter. He needs to rot in prison.”
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Last week, Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Scott Heenan represented the citizens of Hamilton County in the Ohio Supreme Court in the case of State of Ohio v. Michael Smith.

The case involves the use of prior acts evidence at trial, a valuable tool used by prosecutors to keep career violent criminals off our streets. The trial jury convicted Smith of multiple counts involving Gross Sexual Imposition and Disseminating Matter Harmful to Children.

Scott Heenan is member of the extremely talented Appellate Division of the Hamilton County Prosecutors Office. He has been an Assistant Prosecutor for nearly seventeen years, during which time he has made numerous appearances before the Ohio Supreme Court. His next appearance there will be on February 25th.

Thank you for your hard work on behalf of our community, Scott!
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