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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 the indictment of Orlando Fonesca Rodriguez for disseminating material harmful to juveniles and public indecency

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Orlando Fonesca Rodriguez for 10 counts of Disseminating Material Harmful to Juveniles (Felony 4) and 3 counts of Public Indecency (Misdemeanor 1).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of 15 years in prison. Rodriguez is charged with exposing himself to 2 young victims under the age of 13 and also for showing them pornographic videos.  This occurred in his home in [...]

August 28th, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment of Ricardo Meadows and Ryan Stoll for felonious assault, aggravated robbery and kidnapping

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Ricardo Meadows (DOB 10/20/97) and Ryan Stoll (DOB 8/28/97).  Meadows is now indicted on 2 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2) with gun specifications, 1 count of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) with gun specifications and 1 count of Kidnapping (Felony 1) with gun specifications.   If convicted of all charges, he faces in excess of 25 years in prison.  Stoll is now indicted for 2 [...]

August 28th, 2020|

Hamilton County Proescutor Joseph T. Deters thanks Hamilton County citizens who recently served as jurors.

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters thanked the Hamilton County citizens who recently served as jurors in the Hamilton County Municipal Court and the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. One case was in front of Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Curt Kissinger and the other case was in front of Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jody Luebbers. Prosecutor Deters commented, “I want to thank the citizens of Hamilton County who recently [...]

August 27th, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters comments on Ohio Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Kirkland case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented on the Ohio Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to uphold the conviction of serial killer Anthony Kirkland. Prosecutor Deters commented,” I am pleased that the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously upheld the conviction of serial killer Anthony Kirkland. Kirkland was responsible for the murder of 4 young women in this case and had previously killed another woman. We are very careful in my office about the cases that we [...]

August 18th, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters comments on weekend violence in Cincinnati

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented on the weekend violence in Cincinnati. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “I am alarmed, shocked and saddened, as should be everyone in Hamilton County, about the gun violence over the weekend. We have at least 20 victims of gun violence including 5 people who died.  These incidents happened all over the city; in neighborhoods such as OTR, Walnut Hills, West End and North Avondale.  Cincinnati [...]

August 17th, 2020|

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“This young officer initiated what he had every reason to believe would be a routine traffic stop. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

Barnes had a long record and did not want to go back to prison. Knowing that the officer would arrest him, Barnes tried to kill the officer. Fortunately, Barnes’ shot missed and the officer was not injured. The officer took quick action to save his own life and, most likely, saved the lives of other innocent people.

We must never underestimate the danger that the police face every day with every interaction. Every officer wants to do their job to the best of their ability to keep their community safe but they also want to make it home to their family.”

Read the full release from the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office today announcing that no charges will be filed in the October 20th officer involved shooting that occurred in Elmwood Place:
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Today the Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters will conduct a virtual press conference using Zoom to discuss the Elmwood Police Officer Involved Shooting. ... See MoreSee Less

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"We are concerned that there may be more victims of Muldrow who have not come forward. We urge anyone with information about this case to contact the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Regional Electronics and Computer Investigation Section at 513-352-3673."

Read more about today's indictment of Christopher Muldrow for multiple counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Material Involving a Minor as well as additional comments from Prosecutor Joe Deters:
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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Every night during the month of October, Prosecutor Joe Deters will be joining Marsy's Law for Ohio and the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center's "Purple Lights at Home" campaign by lighting his office (on the 8th Floor of 230 E. 9th Street) purple.

Prosecutor Joe Deters commented: "I have fought for victims my entire career, and I am proud to have been an early supporter of Marsy's Law and the Victim's Bill of Rights. Earlier this year, we launched a unit within the office dedicated to prosecuting crimes of violence against women, children and domestic partners. As long as I am prosecutor, we will continue to seek justice for victims and fight back against the scourge of domestic violence."
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"I commend the Cincinnati Police Department for their hard work and dedication to this case.

Although the crime happened in 2007, the police never forgot about Mr. Harris’s murder and continued to work hard to solve the case. Thanks to improvements in technology, CPD was able to develop a lead that resulted in the indictment today of these 2 defendants."

See the attached release for additional details and comments from Prosecutor Joe Deters on the indictments from this past Friday of Darris DeVaughn and Christopher Whitt for the 2007 murder of John Harris:
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