By: By Ryan Ottney
September 21, 2013
Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn announced this week that the September term of the Scioto County Grand Jury met and returned 19 public indictments, including charges of rape, drugs, and escape.
Among those included in this round of grand jury indictments is Ronald Gavin, of Columbus, whom was arrested Sept. 10 after officers of the Portsmouth Police Department and the Scioto County Common Pleas Court Probation Department, executed a home visit at the residence of Ali Thompson on Boundary Street in Portsmouth, as a result of numerous complaints of drug trafficking at that location and a subsequent police investigation into the complaints.
Brewer said during the visit and search of the residence, officers recovered approximately 103 grams of suspected heroin with a street value of over $15,000. He said officers also recovered notes and documents indicating involvement of individuals at that location in drug trafficking.
Gavin and Thompson were each indicted this week by the grand jury for trafficking in heroin, possession of drugs/heroin, conspiracy to traffic in heroin, tampering with evidence, and three counts of possession of criminal tools.
Also indicted by the grand jury on unrelated charges was Jeremy Hay, 32, of Oak Hill.
According to Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, Hay scaled the fence off the recreation yard at Star Community Justice Center Aug. 23 after a group session, and made his escape. Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said his office was contacted by Star Community Justice Center, and said detectives along with deputies responded to Great Meadow Road in South Webster and checked an apartment for the suspect and was unable to locate him. Detectives were familiar with another location where Hay was known to stay — his mother’s house. Upon arrival they observed the suspect’s vehicle parked in front of the apartment. Donini said after 15 minutes of negotiations with a family member through a locked door they were able to enter and detain the suspect without incident.
Hay was indicted this week by the grand jury for escape.
Also indicted on charges was Anselmo Reyes, age 50, of Portsmouth — whom had been living illegally in the United States for almost 30 years — was arrested on July 9 and charged with the rape of a 16-year-old and others, ages 9 to 12, over several years.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said detectives responded to several locations talking to witnesses and possible victims. During this investigation detectives were able to determine that several individuals where claiming to be sexually assaulted by the same suspect ranging from ages 9 to 12 during the time of the assaults. Donini said his detectives, while at Southern Ohio Medical Center talking to a witness, were notified that the possible suspect had entered the hospital. Detectives were able to detain Soria for questioning that resulted in an arrest.
Other complications in the case include a list of names Soria has gone by. According to authorities, they have recovered fake birth certificates and fake Social Security cards, which show he has been known as Ishmael Soria, Anselmo Reyes, Ancelmo Zoria, Ismael Reyes and Ismael Reeyes. During the course of his arraignment, Reyes told Mowery he has lived in the U.S. for 27 to 30 years and is not a citizen.
Soria was indicted by the Scioto County grand jury this week on eight counts of rape, and two counts of rape/sexually violent predator specification, and one count of gross sexual imposition.
Also indicted by the grand jury this week was:
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