“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 announced the formation of the “Crimes of Violence Against Women and Children” Unit. This team will review and screen criminal cases where women, children and domestic partners are victims. Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that nearly 20% of all women experience some form of violence from an intimate partner in their life. Roughly 1 in 10 women report being stalked by a [...]
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters and Ohio Attorney General David Yost announced that Terry Blankenship (DOB 12/13/77) was charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (special felony) in violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 2903.01 (E) (1) for the purposeful killing of a police officer while on duty. On March 19th Blankenship broke into his estranged wife’s home in Clinton County, Ohio and pistol whipped his wife’s friend who was at the residence. [...]
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 [...]
"Our criminal justice system relies on help from the community. Without citizens willing to come down and participate in the system, we would not be able to do the important work we do every day to help victims of crime"
Read Prosecutor Joseph Deters' full comments thanking the members of the public who have performed the important public duty of serving as Grand Jurors: ... See MoreSee Less
"If you are a victim of crime, rest assured that your case has not been forgotten."
You can read the latest statement from Prosecutor Joe Deters, regarding the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office ongoing commitment to keeping victims of crime informed about the status of cases as we navigate the coronavirus outbreak together, here: ... See MoreSee Less
Last week, Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Judith Lapp appeared remotely, on behalf of the State of Ohio, before the Ohio Supreme Court on the matter of State v. Bowers, a case involving a violent sexual assault and a child victim of the offense.
Ms. Lapp's outstanding work will hopefully result in the perpetrator of this heinous crime remaining incarcerated.
The work of the Prosecutor's Office doesn't end with a guilty verdict. On behalf of the citizens of Hamilton County, great work Judi! ... See MoreSee Less
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced indictments of 14 individuals in cases that occurred during the recent riots in Cincinnati from May 30th – June 3rd 2020.
Prosecutor Deters commented, “Today, the Hamilton County Grand Jury indicted 14 defendants in 12 different incidents that occurred during the recent protests on May 30th - June 3th. These people, almost 1/4 of whom are not even from Hamilton County, took advantage of what was basically a peaceful protest and put our community and our residents in danger.
As your prosecutor, I will not put up with that.
The City of Cincinnati handles misdemeanor violations which occur in the city - - curfews, etc. We prosecute felonies that occur in the city which is why my office is handling these cases.
I will defend a person’s right to peacefully protest and always will. But, when individuals use that occasion to loot, attack our police and their equipment, and damage private and public property - - I am done with them.
The charges today will not be reduced. They will not be dismissed. And that will apply as long as I am your prosecutor.” ... See MoreSee Less