Friday, July 27, 2001

More charges filed in saliva-throwing case

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        An additional 30 misdemeanor charges have been filed against Anthony Searles, the man suspected of throwing saliva on women throughout Greater Cincinnati.

        The new charges are multiple counts of inducing panic and criminal mischief, misdemeanors that together carry maximum jail time of eight months.

        In addition, the 42-year-old carpet cleaner from Riverside could find himself in prison for up to a year for violating his probation on an unrelated charge.

        Mr. Searles appeared Thursday before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Norbert Nadel for a hearing to determine if he had violated his probation for failing to pay child support.

        Judge Nadel placed Mr. Searles on probation last year and ordered him to pay more than $8,000 in delinquent support for his 13-year-old son.

        “Sounds like you are in a heap of trouble,” Judge Nadel said to Mr. Searles. “You'd be in more trouble if these charges were felonies.”

        The judge set a final probation revocation hearing for Aug. 28 and ordered him held without bond.

        Last week, Mr. Searles was convicted of inducing panic and criminal mischief after an undercover police investigation caught him throwing saliva on an officer dressed as a civilian.

        Mr. Searles was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and an HIV test. He is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 8 before Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Nadine Allen. If his HIV test comes back positive, he could face more serious felony charges, officials said.

        Officials said Mr. Searles has been identified by at least 13 women on whom he is accused of throwing fluids as they walked in areas of the city, North College Hill and Delhi Township.

        Investigators in North College Hill have yet to determine the substance that was thrown on one of the victims. It “stained and penetrated her clothes,” officials said.


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