More charges in Bucyrus child porn case


BUCYRUS — The highest bond was set for a Bucyrus woman facing child porn-related charges during arraignments on Monday in Crawford County Common Pleas Court.

Bethany M. Thompson, 32, 23 Pinewood Court, had made an initial appearance in Crawford County Municipal Court last week on two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, both second-degree felonies. She has been charged with 24 counts.

Thompson pleaded not guilty to nine counts of pandering obscenity involving minors with each count specifying a different photo, second-degree felonies; six counts of sexual battery, third-degree felonies, which was also determined by photos; and nine counts of endangering children, second-degree felonies. The alleged incidents occurred between Jan. 1 and June 28, 2016.

Judge Sean Leuthold continued Thompson’s $1 million bond that was set by Judge Shane Leuthold on Thursday.

Thompson’s live-in boyfriend, Justin D. Millhouse II, is being held at the Crawford County Justice Center on a $2.5 million bond. He was arraigned in Crawford County Common Pleas Court last week on nine counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor and endangering children, second-degree felonies, six counts of sexual battery, third-degree felonies, and nine counts of endangering children, also second-degree felonies.

Thompson allegedly tipped off police that she found nude photos of teens on Millhouse’s computer but it appeared that someone else took the photos while Millhouse was allegedly inappropriately touching an unconscious teen girl. After further investigation, Thompson was charged with the additional counts.

According to Crawford County Prosecutor Matthew Crall, 11 people were arraigned on Monday on a total of 47 new charges. Along with Thompson, they include:

Adam E. Drew, 37, Bucyrus, domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, and aggravated menacing, a misdemeanor, bond set at $300,000.

Tyler T. Owens, 24, Bellville, robbery, a second-degree felony, bond set at $250,000.

Nathan Lee B. Tolle, 29, Galion, attempted burglary, a third-degree felony, bond set at $250,000.

Joseph C. Will, 37, Bucyrus, intimidation, a third-degree felony, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, bond vacated.

Lorianne Bright, 25, Fremont, possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and endangering children and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, bond set at $100,000.

Philip Steinmetz, 31, Tiffin, possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and a misdemeanor charge of endangering children, bond set at $100,000.

Katlyn Benjamin, 25, Galion, felonious assault, a second-degree felony and misdemeanor aggravated menacing, bond set at $100,000.

Charles N. Baker, 32, Galion, theft, a fourth-degree felony, and two counts of breaking and entering, both fifth-degree felonies, bond set at $100,000.

Christina Hunter, 36, Galion, possession of heroin, and possession of Vicodin, both fifth-degree felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, possessing drug abuse instruments and obstructing official business, all misdemeanors, bond set at $75,000.

Brenda Lenhart, 55, Galion, two counts of theft, both fifth-degree felonies, personal recognizance.

Five cases with six total charges have yet to be served or arraigned and are sealed.

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By Kimberly Gasuras

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