Friday, November 1, 2002

Drug counselor up on charges

Indictment brought in Butler Co.

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON - A drug counselor who worked for two different Butler County drug-treatment facilities faces sex charges involving three females who were enrolled in the programs.

Middletown police had arrested Leroy Hardeman Jr., 48, of Hamilton, in August after a 23-year-old Middletown woman accused him of inappropriately touching her during a court-ordered counseling session.

Two more women are listed as victims in an eight-count Butler County grand jury indictment released Thursday. Their names are being withheld because of the nature of the case.

Mr. Hardeman was indicted on two counts of sexual imposition, four counts of attempted sexual battery and a count each of attempted sexual imposition and public indecency. No court date had been set as of Thursday.

The indictment alleges the crimes happened between January 2000 and August 2002, and that Mr. Hardeman had "supervisory or disciplinary authority" over two of the women.

Two of the women had been on probation through the Middletown Municipal Court, said Court Administrator Louis "Bud" Rossi. He didn't know which court had referred the third female.

At the time the initial allegations arose, Mr. Hardeman was working for Horizon Outpatient Services. He had worked for Sojourner Recovery Services, Mr. Rossi said.

Mr. Rossi and Judge Mark W. Wall instructed probation officers to interview about 400 people assigned to all the referral programs.

No other allegations surfaced.


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