Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Indictment in teen-sex case

Woman was tutor, school helper

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A Warren County grand jury boosted charges Tuesday against a 48-year-old school volunteer and private tutor accused of having sex with teen-aged boys at her South Lebanon apartment.

        The grand jury indicted Paula Caddo on 11 felony charges — seven counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and four counts of corrupting another with drugs.

Paula Caddo
Paula Caddo
        She was arrested Oct. 21 on charges of corruption of a minor and corrupting another with drugs involving one of the boys.

        Prosecutor Tim Oliver said the latest sex charges involve two boys under age 16. Ms. Caddo also is accused of providing marijuana to four boys, including the two she allegedly had sex with, he said.

        Sheriff's detectives said that Ms. Caddo admitted having sex with the boys and smoking marijuana with others.

        Rusty Teague, a Warren County sheriff's detective, testified at a preliminary hearing last month that Ms. Caddo came under investigation Oct. 18 after deputies in South Lebanon received information that Ms. Caddo might be sexually abusing minors.

        He said he interviewed Ms. Caddo that night, searched her apartment with her consent, and took several items, including sex toys, as evidence.

        Police and school district officials have said the accusations against Ms. Caddo are not related to her volunteer work at South Lebanon Elementary or her private tutoring business.

        She is free on bond pending arraignment later this month.

        In other cases, the grand jury handed up indictments against:

        • Rickey Fightmaster, a 52-year-old Indianapolis man, accused of selling the stimulant methamphetamine to an undercover drug agent near the Stony Ridge Truck Plaza in Monroe. He is charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs and aggravated preparation of drugs for sale. Authorities allege that Mr. Fightmaster, who remains jailed, was the methamphetamine connection for over-the-road truck drivers traveling Interstate 75.

        • Richard E. Shaw, a 53-year-old Franklin man accused of sexually abusing his 20-year-old stepson, who is mentally and physically handicapped and legally blind. Mr. Shaw is charged with gross sexual imposition and is free on bond. A search warrant indicates that the boy's mother returned home June 17 and found Mr. Shaw standing at his stepson's bed with his pants around his ankles. The woman told sheriff's detectives that Mr. Shaw claimed his pants fell off when he was changing the stepson's clothes.


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