Friday, May 25, 2001

Investigators check sex assault charge

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        BATAVIA - An agency of the Ohio Attorney General's Office is investigating a woman's claim that Clermont County's head public defender, R. Daniel Hannon, sexually assaulted her.

        The 32-year-old Williamsburg woman filed a report with the Clermont County Sheriff's Office on April 10 saying she was sexually assaulted March 23 and April 2 in a private Batavia law office. Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg said the woman accused Mr. Hannon.

        “This was not a stranger who walked into her office,” the sheriff said.

        Scot Croswell, Mr. Hannon's attorney, said any contact between Mr. Hannon and the woman was consensual.

        “My client adamantly denies any allegation of sexual misconduct.” Mr. Croswell said.

        “Mr. Hannon, from the outset, has acknowledged he was involved in a private, personal relationship with the woman in question but has maintained throughout that it was a consensual relationship,””

        The attorney general's Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation is investigating.Mr. Hannon has not been charged.

        Bret Crow, communications director with the Ohio attorney general's office, confirmed the investigation but would not elaborate.

        Mr. Hannon has had legal trouble in the past. In 1995, he served three days in the Clinton County Jail after pleading guilty to driving under the influence, his fourth DUI conviction since 1983.


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