The Ross County Grand Jury has issued a four-count indictment against a Chillicothe man for pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor, each fourth-degree felonies. According to Rick Hannan, an investigator with the Prosecutor's Office, police from Van Wert were investigating 55-year-old Jerry H. Cornwell for engaging in an inappropriate online relationship with a fictitious profile that depicted a minor but was created by authorities.
Hannan said police traced the communication back to Cornwell's home on Adams Avenue where a search warrant was served on July 31; on his cell phone, authorities found pictures that depicted a man in a sex act with an infant, a man having sex with a young female, and a young female performing a sex act on a man, as well as a picture of two nude young females.
Other indictments include:
*34-year-old Derek M. Seymour, of Chillicothe, for theft (F5). The indictment alleges the victim gave Seymour a ride to a gas station on Jones Road at 6pm, May 23, and that he stole the victim's debit card from the vehicle's cup holder and used it to buy a $200 gas card.
*24-year-old Jonathan S. Black, of Chillicothe, for felonious assault (F2). Hannan said authorities were dispatched to a home on Larry Cox Drive at 4:29am on August 24; a woman told authorities her son, Black, was drunk and picking fights with his siblings, so she asked him to leave. Black, however, allegedly came back an hour later and began arguing with his stepfather. The indictment alleges Black pulled out a knife and lunged at his stepfather, during which the knife caught the victim's cheek and resulted in a superficial cut.
*20-year-old Sean A. Pollock, of Chillicothe, for burglary (F2) and theft of drugs (F4). The indictment alleges Pollock stole a prescription bottle filled with Xanax from a home on Shawnee Street in Bainbridge on August 19.
*42-year-old Dolly M. Lansing, of Bainbridge, for burglary and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs (F3s). According to Hannan, Lansing is accused of going into a SR 772 home, which was unoccupied by the resident, on May 10. In the home, authorities reportedly found two one-pot meth labs and items that are commonly used to make methamphetamine.
*36-year-old Brian S. Stonerock, of Columbus, for aggravated menacing (M1). The indictment alleges Stonerock threatened to shoot a police officer with a rifle after he was issued a citation for open container on August 21.
*32-year-old Ronald H. Rinehart, of Chillicothe, for two counts of receiving stolen property (F5 and M1). Hannan said Chillicothe Police served a search warrant at Rinehart's home at 830 Jefferson Avenue on August 25 and found numerous items that had been reported stolen from properties on East Second Street, East Seventh Street, and Renick Avenue. Those items included: a safe, watches, an alto saxophone, a nail gun, numerous DVDs, a laptop, and credit cards.
*30-year-old Forrest L. Bowling, of Chillicothe, for forgery and receiving stolen property (F5s). According to Hannan, police responded to a gas station on East Main Street on July 10 on a report that Bowling tried to buy a gift card with a blank check that did not match his ID. Authorities later confronted Bowling and found a blank check that was reported stolen by a relative of the deceased couple who owned the checks; the check was partially endorsed by Bowling, Hannan said.
Bowling is also accused of being confronted by Walmart loss prevention for stealing a cell phone car charger on July 22, according to Hannan. While being arrested for petty theft, Bowling was allegedly found with 19 blank checks that belonged to the deceased couple. Hannan said Bowling is believed to have used one of those checks to buy Oxycodone from a pharmacy earlier that day.