Saturday, November 22, 2014

Convicted felon in child sex case returns to jail after teen girl’s report

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 7/25/2014

GPS isn’t just for smartphones.

Ottawa police this week tracked a convicted felon using the GPS — or Global Positioning System — device he wore as a condition of his bond after the 27-year-old man reportedly broke a protection from stalking order involving a victim or witness in his previous court case.

GPS isn’t just for smartphones.

Ottawa police this week tracked a convicted felon using the GPS — or Global Positioning System — device he wore as a condition of his bond after the 27-year-old man reportedly broke a protection from stalking order involving a victim or witness in his previous court case.

Corey J. Schlotzhauer, Ottawa, who was convicted July 7 on a felony count of indecent liberties with a child between the ages of 14 and 16, was arrested 2:18 p.m. Wednesday in the 1700 block of Elm Street. The reported 16-year-old female victim in the stalking incident told police she was repeatedly followed by Schlotzhauer at various locations, including the Franklin County Fair, Capt. Adam Weingartner, Ottawa Police Department patrol division commander, said.

As another condition of Schlotzhauer’s bond in the previous court case, for which he was awaiting sentencing, Schlotzhauer was prohibited to contact the victims or witnesses of the child sex crime case, Weingartner said.

Detectives continued to investigate the incident Friday and planned to follow up with potential witnesses, Weingartner said, asking anyone with information on the case to contact the Domestic Violence Unit at the police department.

“It is important to note that, although under reported, juveniles can be and are victims of stalking or stalking type behavior,” Weingartner said. “Investigations of this nature fall under the purview of the Domestic Violence Unit in the police department so the department can provide the rigorous follow up needed to protect the victims and apprehend those responsible.”

Schlotzhauer pleaded no contest July 7 to one felony count of indecent liberties with a child between the ages of 14 and 16 in exchange for Franklin County Attorney’s Office prosecutors dropping two other felony charges in the complaint — aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated burglary — in Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa, according to Herald archives.

Because Scholtzhauer, a registered sex offender, was convicted of a similar offense in 2005 in which he served time in state prison, prosecutors said he would qualify under the state’s persistent sex offender law to have his base sentence doubled, according to Herald archives.

The base sentence for someone with Schlotzhauer’s presumed criminal history would be 36 months, which could be doubled to 72 months under the persistent sex offender guidelines, Senior Judge John E. Sanders, El Dorado, explained to the defendant July 7. Scholtzhauer also would be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life once he left prison, the judge said.

Scholtzhauer was released until his 2 p.m. Aug. 25 sentencing hearing, on condition he wear the GPS device, according to Herald archives.

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