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Cell-phone photos of minors leads to grand-jury indictment

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By Molly Haines

An Owen County man was recently indicted after photos of minors were found on his cell phone.
Dakota C. Tinch, 24, of Cull Road, was indicted on the charges of possession or viewing of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and second-degree persistent felony offender.
According to the indictment he knowingly had in his possession or control matter visually depicting an actual sexual performance by a minor with knowledge of the matter’s content, character and the sexual performance is by a minor.
Kentucky State Police Post 5 Detective Kurt Buhts the investigation is ongoing.
If convicted on the charge of possession or viewing of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, Tinch is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000; on the charge of second-degree persistent felony offender, he is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years in the penitentiary.
A 5,000 bench warrant was set.
According to the indictment, Tinch was charged with third-degree sexual battery in Clermont County, Ohio, in 2009.
The grand jury handed down five other indictments Sept. 17:
• Nicholas Smith, 20, on the charges of third-degree burglary and receiving stolen property with a value over $500.
According to the indictment on the charge of third-degree burglary, with the intent to commit a crime, he knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a barn owned by Steve Simpson; on the charge of receiving stolen property with a value over $500, he received, retained or disposed movable property of another, namely an irrigation pump, Lincoln welder, subsoiler and several bags of aluminum cans with a value over $500 but less than $10,000, knowing it had been stolen.
If convicted on the charge of third-degree burglary, he is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000; on the charge of receiving stolen property with a value over $500, he is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000.
Pleaded not guilty, continued to Oct. 1.
• Thomas C. Starks, 28, on the charges of two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and first-degree persistent felony offender.
According to the indictment on the two charges of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, he uttered or possessed a check in the amount of $1,500 and another in the amount of $1,675 drawn on the account of another with knowledge that said checks were forged and with the intent to defraud, deceive or injure another; on the charge of first-degree persistent felony offender, he is more than 21 years of age and stands convicted of a felony after having been convicted of two or more previous felonies.
If convicted on the two charges of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, he is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000 on each charge; on the charge of first-degree persistent felony offender, he is punishable by imprisonment for up to 20 years in the penitentiary.
Starks pleaded not guilty and was appointed a public attorney, continued to Oct. 1.
• Jesse F. Brown, 24, on the charge of receiving stolen property, firearms.
According to the indictment, he received, retained or disposed of movable property of another, namely a Winchester .22 pump rifle and a Martin .22 Bolt Action rifle, knowing they had been stolen.
If convicted he is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000.
Bench warrant set for $5,000.
• Edward L. Gravely, 32, on the charges of failure to comply with a sex offender registry and first-degree persistent felony offender.
According to the indictment on the charge of failure to comply with the sex offender registry, he failed to provide his correct address for the sex offender registry; on the charge of first-degree persistent felony offender, he is more than 21 years of age and stands convicted of a felony after having been convicted of two or more previous felonies.
If convicted on the charge of failure to comply with a sex offender registry, he is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000; on the charge of first-degree persistent felony offender, he is punishable by imprisonment for up to 20 years in the penitentiary.
Pleaded not guilty, continued to Oct. 1.
• Steven Dale Hammond, 34, on the charges of five counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
According to the indictment on the five counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, he uttered or possessed checks in the amount of $235, $300, $250, $300 and $300, drawn on the account of another with knowledge that said check was forged and with the intent to defraud, deceive or injure another.
If convicted on the five counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, he is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000 on each count.
Bench warrant set for $5,000.