Thursday, August 02, 2001

Man faces more child-sex charges

Accused of rape while out on bond

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — A man awaiting trial in Butler County on sex charges involving young girls has been charged in Hamilton County with having sexual contact with two other girls, ages 8 and 6.

        David E. West, 51, of Green Township was charged with two counts of rape and is in the Hamilton County Justice Center with a cash bond set at $1 million.

        In a Hamilton County Sheriff's office report, deputies say Mr. West sexually assaulted the girls July 19 in his Harrison Avenue apartment. He was arrested Friday.

        Mr. West was free on bond and facing sex charges in Butler County at the time.

        A Butler County grand jury in late October returned a nine-count indictment against him on charges that he had sexual contact with three girls, ages 5, 8 and 9.

        The Butler indictment includes four counts of gross sexual imposition, four counts of public indecency and one count of attempted gross sexual imposition. The grand jurors also included a specification that Mr. West, if found guilty, be labeled a sexually violent predator.

        Mr. West spent time in prison in 1992 for gross sexual imposition, Ohio prison records show.

        Butler County Common Pleas Judge Matthew Crehan in November placed Mr. West on a $25,000 unsecured bond. In such a bond, no security has to be posted, but the defendant is liable for the amount if he does not appear in court.

        Judge Crehan's secretary on Wednesday said the judge would not comment on the case because it is still pending.

        “The assistant prosecutor in this case did advise the court of the previous felony conviction,” Butler County prosecutor Robin Piper said.

        “If I had an assistant prosecutor who agreed to an own-recognizance bond or an unsecured bond on a case that involved an alleged sexual predator with past convictions for sexual offenses, I would likely terminate that person's employment,” he said.


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