Galion man, 38, indicted on 39 counts; could serve 40 years in prison


GALION — Joshua Benedict, 38, of Galion has been named in a 39-count indictment handed down by the Crawford County Grand Jury.

The first 15 of the 39 indictments charge that Benedict is guilty of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor. These are all fourth-degree felonies.

The 16-38 indictments charge Benedict with pandering obscenity involving a minor, all fourth-degree felonies.

Charge 39 is one of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. If convicted on all counts, Benedict could face over 40 years in prison.

Benedict’s lawyer, Aaron Jones, argued that Benedict works for the Crawford Management Group in an effort to affect bond. Judge Sean Leuthold noted the long prison sentence possible in the case and set bond at $250,000.

Keith Marshall, 28, of Bucyrus was indicted on one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony and one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Marshall allegedly caused severe injuries to a six-year-old child. The child was struck on both sides of the face.

Bond was set at $250,000. Attorney Joel Spitzer was appointed to represent Marshall.

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By Kathy Laird

Crawford County Now