“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.”
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, "To keep our staff and the public we deal with healthy, we will be operating with reduced staff for the next 30 days. We will comply with all court orders and handle all cases before the various courts in which we appear. We will maintain a receptionist at our main number 946-3000 during normal business hours Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Julie Wilson, Chief Assistant Prosecutor [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Prosecutor Joe Deters offered comments last night regarding the recent large-scale social gatherings that have occurred in downtown Cincinnati and the importance of staying at home to protect our families and first responders.
For National Doctor’s Day, Prosecutor Joe Deters took a minute to check in with his son, Dr. Joey Deters, who is helping lead the COVID-19 ICU for Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL.
We honor all in our medical profession today, from the family GPs that keep us healthy to the doctors, nurses and health care workers on the front lines of this epidemic battling the Coronavirus. Thank you for your hard work and dedication! ... See MoreSee Less
A note from Prosecutor Joe Deters about the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak:
I hope everyone is staying healthy. The safest way we can do that is by complying with the Governor's orders - Governor DeWine has been a national leader on this issue and has provided us with a roadmap to help minimize the spread of this dangerous virus.
At the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, we are taking our own steps to help mitigate the spread of the virus as well:
• We are working remotely to the greatest extent possible, while making sure important work continues. We have embraced new technologies and new, smarter methods of working to allow our attorneys and administrative professionals to accomplish many tasks away from the office.
• We are continuing to cover all of our important cases. Our Grand Jury continues to run daily with new measures in place to embrace social distancing. In all other matters we are required to be present, be it a bond review or an emergency hearing to find safe placement for an at-risk child, we are finding ways to do so safely and securely.
• We are working with the Sheriff to keep inmate numbers under control by agreeing to OR (own recognizance) bonds for non-violent offenders. We are also fighting to keep truly dangerous criminals behind bars and not out in our community during this time of crisis.
Simply put, there is nothing more important than stopping the coronavirus. I am in close contact with county officials at all times to keep our staff - and the public we serve – safe and healthy. If everyone can do their part to stop the spread, we can all return back to life as we knew it as soon as possible.
The situation is evolving in real time so we will keep you updated about any changes to our office procedures.
If you have any questions about a pending case, please contact your prosecutor or victim advocate or call our main number 513-946-3000 during normal business hours Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thanks for all you do and for your commitment to helping stop the spread of this virus.
As we navigate these challenging times, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please stay healthy.