BUCYRUS — A Bucyrus woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison on child pornography charges Monday in Crawford County Common Pleas Court.
Bethany M. Thompson, 32, formerly of 23 Pinewood Court, pleaded guilty to nine felony charges, including one count of endangering children, second-degree felonie; two counts of pandering sexually oriented materials involving a minor, also second-degree felonies; and six counts of sexual battery, third-degree felonies.
Thompson tipped off police that she found nude photos of teens on a computer belonging to her boyfriend Justin D. Millhouse II. While investigating, police said it appeared that someone else took the photos while Millhouse was allegedly inappropriately touching an unconscious teen girl. After further investigation, Thompson was charged for her role in photographing at least one of the incidents of sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl. Thompson is the mother of two children of her own, ages 13 and 15 at the time of the incident.
Upon Thompson’s release from prison, she will be subject to five years of community control. If she fails to abide by the terms of her probation she could be sentenced to prison for an additional 7.5 years.
Thompson also must register as a tier-three sexual offender and must register with the sheriff’s office in the county in which she lives in every 90 days for the rest of her life. She also must notify the sheriff of any county that she moves to, works in or even vacations in.
Millhouse is being held at the Crawford County Justice Center on a $2.5 million bond and faces up to 174 years in prison if convicted of the 24 counts he is charged with for his role in sexually abusing the girl in the photographs.
A Galion man pleaded not guilty to one felony charge and two misdemeanors during his arraignment in court on Monday.
Joshua A. Disbennett, 31, 202 1/2 N. Liberty St., is facing one count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; along with drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments, both misdemeanors. He allegedly overdosed on heroin in the restroom of Galion Public Library on Sept. 14. He was revived by paramedics with the drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan.
Judge Sean Leuthold set Disbennett’s bond at $50,000. He is being held at the Crawford County Justice Center.
Two Bucyrus men accused of breaking into the concession stand at Aumiller Park pleaded not guilty to breaking and entering charges during their arraignments.
Justin M. Kimble, 27, and Joshua Denzer, 20, are being held on bonds of $100,000 each. They also are charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass.
Kimble was sentenced to four years in prison on 2011 for gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony, while Denzer served time in prison on another breaking and entering charge.
Also arraigned on Monday were Willis D. Clary, 26, on one count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony; and possession of criminal tools, a misdemeanor; and James A. Erwin, 30, Bucyrus, on possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments, both misdemeanors. Bond was set at $150,000 for Erwin and $100,000 for Clary.
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