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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters

Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Joseph T. Deters, Prosecuting Attorney

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Hamilton County Pr0secutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in rape and child pornography case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of William Joseph Bustillos III (DOB 12/4/93) on charges of 3 counts of Rape (Felony 1), 1 count of Gross Sexual Imposition (Felony 3), 2 counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Child (Felony 2) and 1 count of Illegal Use of a Minor in a Nudity Oriented Material (Felony 2).  If convicted of all charges, he faces life in prison without the possibility [...]

September 5th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in murder of Carl Leggett, Jr.

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Terry Stiles (DOB 10-5-85) for the May 18th death of 14-year-old Carl Leggett, Jr.  Stiles is now indicted for 1 count of Murder (Special Felony).  If convicted, he faces the possibility of 15 years-life in prison. Stiles was originally charged with Felonious Assault for assaulting 5-month-old Carl Leggett, Jr. in July 2005.  He pled guilty and was convicted of Felonious Assault (Felony 2).  He [...]

August 29th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces prolific serial killer Samuel Little will be arraigned

MEDIA ADVISORY HAMILTON COUNTY PROSECUTOR JOSEPH T. DETERS ADVISES THAT PURSUANT TO OHIO CRIMINAL RULE 43, PROLIFIC SERIAL KILLER SAMUEL LITTLE WILL BE ARRAIGNED, PLEAD GUILTY AND SENTENCED ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019 AT NOON BEFORE JUDGE MELBA MARSH. JUDGE MARSH WILL PRESIDE OVER THIS HEARING LIVE VIA TELECONFERENCE FROM THE HAMILTON COUNTY LAW LIBRARY. ALSO PRESENT AT THIS LOCATION WILL BE PROSECUTOR JOSEPH T. DETERS AND FRANKLIN COUNTY PROSECUTOR RON O’BRIEN REPRESENTING THE STATE [...]

August 21st, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment of Geoffrey D. Drew

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Geoffrey D. Drew. Drew is now indicted on 9 counts of Rape (Aggravated Felony 1) for a period ranging from 1988-1991. Drew is charged with raping a male elementary school student while Drew was employed at St. Jude School as the Music Minister. Drew was not a priest at the time as he was ordained in 2004. The incidents took place in Drew’s office [...]

August 19th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters clears Sharonville Officer in August 13th shooting

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that the police officer involved in the August 13th Sharonville shooting was justified in his actions and no charges would be filed against him. Sharonville Police were dispatched to Sonesta ES Suites at 2670 E. Kemper Road at approximately 12:30 a.m. on the 13th.  Sharonville Police received a call detailing a man holding his adult daughter hostage at that location.  The caller reported that the man was [...]

August 14th, 2019|

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The Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will be closed today in observance of Veterans Day.

Thank you to all who have served and continue to serve our great nation!
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ICYMI: This week, Prosecutor Deters announced the indictment of Kadeem Kelley 1 count of Involuntary Manslaughter, as well as several drug-related charges, arising out of the death of Satwinder Singh on March 26, 2019.

Singh was an inmate in the Hamilton County Justice Center as a result of charges for the December 30, 2018 crash that killed 2-year-old Dameon Turner. Singh was driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck headed westbound on Hopple Street when he drove off the right side of the road and onto the sidewalk striking and killing Dameon.

Kelley, who has a lengthy criminal record, was being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center on charges of Escape and Weapon Under Disability.

Kelley worked as a porter in the Justice Center. His job responsibilities included cleaning and serving food to the inmates. As a result of his job, he had access to different areas of the Justice Center and the inmates which gave him the opportunity to supply the deadly fentanyl to Singh.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters commented, “Sadly, drugs are everywhere. However, we are fortunate in Hamilton County to have amazing cooperation among all branches of law enforcement to help battle this problem.

I commend Sheriff Neil and his staff for taking steps to ensure that this does not happen again in the Justice Center. Without going into specifics to give away trade secrets, the sheriff and his staff are always making changes to prevent drugs from getting into the facility. This is no easy task considering that the Justice Center houses dangerous people who are not inclined to follow rules.

Singh, although charged with a horrible crime, deserved his day in court as did the Turner family. Unfortunately, neither Singh nor the Turners will get the justice they deserve.”
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At a press conference today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil and other law enforcement agencies discussed 9 recent child pornography indictments in Hamilton County.

Recently indicted were:
1. Eric Koch B 1905598;
2. Jeremy Collins B 1902925 ;
3. Zachary Courtney B 1905400;
4. Clinton Williams B 1905718;
5. Thomas Thompson B 1905601;
6. Brian Hronek B 1905842;
7. Dana Beasly B 1905846;
8. John Chavies B 1906001;
9. Alex Randolph B 1905999.

All were indicted on charges that carry the possibility of prison time and that will require them to register, if convicted, as a sexually oriented offender.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil commented, “I am very proud of our team of investigators who worked diligently on this case. I also want our citizens to be aware of these dangerous predators who are on the internet waiting to victimize our children. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners will continue to monitor these predators to keep our citizens safe.”

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters commented, “These are very disturbing cases. Even if these defendants did not create this material, the risk to children and our society is real.

I commend the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department Regional Electronic Computer Investigations (“RECI”) for actively investigating these cases and trying to stop the exploitation of children. Thanks also to the Cincinnati Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations,
Department of Homeland Security, and the Secret Service who work in partnership to shut down this ugly activity.

These investigations are on-going and law enforcement is constantly trying to track down these twisted people and protect children.”
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Sometimes being the County Prosecutor means answering questions as opposed to asking them in court!

Prosecutor Joe Deters had the opportunity recently to speak with local Cub Scouts, answering questions about government, the law, and the job of being the elected Hamilton County Prosecutor.
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Today, Prosecutor Joe Deters participated in the 100th Anniversary Celebration and Re-Dedication of the Hamilton County Courthouse. He offered brief remarks and had the honor of introducing the special guest speaker, Governor Mike DeWine.

Prosecutor Deters commented: “It was a fantastic event that celebrated our great judicial history. I want to thank Judge Melba Marsh in particular for all her great work putting it together.”
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